‘No good news’ in Argyll and Bute cuts process

Len Scoullar, Ellen Morton and Stewart McCracken pictured in Rothesay on Tuesday, January 19.
Len Scoullar, Ellen Morton and Stewart McCracken pictured in Rothesay on Tuesday, January 19.

The depute leader of Argyll and Bute Council says every savings option is still being considered as the authority prepares its budget proposals for the coming year.

Councillor Ellen Morton visited Bute on Tuesday to see round some fo the local services which will be affected if the authority votes to go ahead with more than 140 savings options put forward for public consultation in October.

And to those hoping there might be less bad news than anticipated when those budget proposals are published at the end of next week, she warned: “There is no good news in this process.”

Mrs Morton, who also chairs the council’s environment, development and infrastructure committee, said: “Everything is still on the table.

“Everyone is important to the delivery of council services. No-one things these things don’t make a difference to the places people live. It’s about trying to manage the process with as little damage as possible.

“I believe you have to see the impact of what you’re proposing and find out what’s important to local people. You might still make a decision people don’t like, but at least you’ve made it with full knowledge of the issues.”

* More from our interview with Cllr Morton in this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, January 21.