Plans to spend £100,000 on revamping a public garden space in the centre of Rothesay were criticised at Bute Community Council’s meeting this week.
Rothesay residents John and Elaine Mackirdy, who own and operate the local haulage firm of John Mackirdy, wrote a letter to the community council questioning the wisdom of the plans themselves and the level of consultation over the proposal.
The Mackirdys’ letter states: “After reading The Buteman last week we write to express our concern at the amount of money to be spent on the Montague Street Gardens.
“Being in business we fully appreciate the cost of labour and the need to reinvest to improve the town. A spend quoted at £100,000 without public consultation is in this time of austerity quite worrying.
“Only a few months ago the council was to make a key member of the garden staff redundant and now we have a six-figure budget to spend.
“Surely the area could be improved at a fraction of the cost and the balance used for much needed general maintenance in the town throughout the year or to secure employment for a longer period.”
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