No shortage of ideas for a better Bute future

Rothesay's Alliance for Action has organised a further public meeting on Bute's economic future - to be held at Rothesay Joint Campus on October 1.
Rothesay's Alliance for Action has organised a further public meeting on Bute's economic future - to be held at Rothesay Joint Campus on October 1.

The next steps towards a more prosperous Rothesay and Bute were taken at a public meeting in the town on Wednesday.

The event, held at the Pavilion, was aimed at finding out what people on Bute think are the most important priorities for the island’s future - and there was no shortage of ideas, with hundreds of suggestions put forward in the course of the evening.

Those who attended were asked to share their thoughts on six main themes - A Thriving Community, Unique Rothesay and Bute, Working Together, Rothesay’s built environment, young people, and employment and enterprise - and in particular on what they felt was missing in each area and the top priorities for filling those gaps.

The event was organised by the island’s fledgling Alliance for Action, a group of community representatives under the auspices of the Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum (SURF), which carried out a study earlier this year on the condition of the island’s economy.

Bute community councillor and Alliance member Paul Duffy said: “This is not about ‘them’ doing something. This is about us doing something to drive forward what we want to see on the island.”

The ideas put forward on Wednesday will now be distilled into a list of the top priorities ahead of another public meeting on October 1, which will set out the details of a plan for the island’s prosperity in the coming years.

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