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Rothesay hotel owners accused of ‘architectural vandalism’

The Bute House Hotel is at the centre of a furious row over the installation of UPVC windows in the property. Argyll and Bute Council has turned down two planning applications for the work, while an appeal against the second refusal was dismissed by the Scottish Government: the council has since secured an interim interdict stopping the unauthorised replacement of the hotel's timber-framed single-glazed windows.

The Bute House Hotel is at the centre of a furious row over the installation of UPVC windows in the property. Argyll and Bute Council has turned down two planning applications for the work, while an appeal against the second refusal was dismissed by the Scottish Government: the council has since secured an interim interdict stopping the unauthorised replacement of the hotel's timber-framed single-glazed windows.

 

The owners of a Rothesay hotel at the centre of a bitter row over the installation of UPVC windows in the property have been accused of “blatant architectural vandalism” by one local resident.

In a letter published in the new edition of The Buteman, Margaret Booth Homewood also questions the support given to Harry and Hazel Greene, owners of the Bute House Hotel, by the island’s politicians.

Mrs Booth Homewood states in her letter: “I stand resolutely on the conservation side of this argument and am delighted to learn that the people involved are being brought to task for what amounts to blatant architectural vandalism.

“I do have all sympathy and encouragement for anyone wishing to mend an ailing building, but there is a right way and a wrong way to go about it.

“I am therefore left to ponder an obvious point that seems to have been overlooked: why our elected representatives are openly supporting illegal, thuggish, and frankly arrogant behaviour by a member of the public!”

* The argument over the merits of the Greenes’ actions continues at much greater length in the letters page of the April 4 edition of The Buteman, on sale now: in addition to Mrs Booth Homewood’s letter, extracts from which are published here, there are two further contributions, from Rothesay residents Matthew Williamson and Dan Edgar, criticising the actions of Argyll and Bute Council.

 

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