More than 1,200 people have signed a petition urging Argyll and Bute Council to rethink its approach to conservation and the economy on Bute.
A total of 1,133 signatures have been added to the petition, which was started by The Buteman on January 29 in the wake of the Scottish Government’s decision to dismiss an appeal against the council’s refusal of plans to install uPVC windows at the Bute House Hotel in the centre of Rothesay.
Adding the 88 names submitted to an online version of the petition takes the final total to 1,221 signatures.
The petition states: “We, the undersigned, disagree with the decision of Argyll and Bute Council to refuse planning permission for the installation of double-glazed UPVC windows at the Bute House Hotel in Rothesay.
“Following the Scottish Government’s dismissal of an appeal against refusal, we call on Argyll and Bute Council to reconsider its decision and to work without delay towards a solution which will address the urgent need for quality hotel accommodation on Bute, and be of benefit to the economy of the island.”
The Bute House Hotel’s owners, Harry and Hazel Greene, have submitted two planning applications to the council asking for permission to install double-glazed, uPVC-framed, turn-and-tilt windows in the hotel, on the corner of West Princes Street and Watergate.
The first was turned down by the council’s own planning officials under ‘delegated powers’ legislation, while the second was refused by councillors on the authority’s planning, protective services and licensing committtee.
The Greenes appealed against the latter refusal, but their appeal was dismissed in January by a reporter from the Scottish Government’s directorate for planning and environmental appeals.
* If there are uncollected petition forms at any Rothesay business premises we’d be grateful if you could contact us ASAP or hand in the forms to The Buteman’s office at 5 Victoria Street, Rothesay.