Talks to be held on future of Rothesay tennis courts

Talks on the future of Rothesay's dilapidated tennis courts are to be arranged by Bute's three councillors.
Talks on the future of Rothesay's dilapidated tennis courts are to be arranged by Bute's three councillors.

Talks on the future of Rothesay’s dilapidated tennis courts are to be organised by Bute’s three councillors.

Robert Macintyre, Isobel Strong and Len Scoullar have agreed to invite two Argyll and Bute Council officials to Rothesay later this summer to discuss the future of the disused facility.

The talks will take place against the backdrop of unprecedented interest in the sport in Scotland after Andy Murray’s recent Wimbledon triumph.

The courts are owned by the island’s main landowner, the Mount Stuart Trust, but responsibility for their maintenance falls with Bute Shinty Club under a long lease of the area which lasts until 2022 - although the club’s chairman, Barry Martin, told The Buteman’s July 5 edition that the club had only become fully aware of the position in the last year or so.

Councillor Macintyre said officials from the shinty club had also been contacted as the club might be better placed than the council to apply for help from the Scottish Government, which this week announced the provision of £6 million to develop tennis in Scotland.