Time running out to show your support for Rothesay’s floral displays

Argyll and Bute Council's HQ in Lochgilphead will be presented with a petition seeking protection for Rothesay's floral displays on Monday, January 11.
Argyll and Bute Council's HQ in Lochgilphead will be presented with a petition seeking protection for Rothesay's floral displays on Monday, January 11.

Almost 1,300 names have been added, either in print or online, to a petition urging that Rothesay’s award-winning floral displays - and the nursery which produces them - be spared the axe.

At the time this article was published, 723 people had put their names to a Change.org petition asking Argyll and Bute Council “not to make any decision that will have a detrimental effect on the stunning displays that locals and vistitors appreciate and love so much”.

In addition, the petition’s founder, Iain Gillespie, told us that as of Thursday afternoon 567 people had signed hard copies of the petition at shops and businesses around Bute.

The petition will now be delivered to Argyll and Bute Council’s Kilmory headquarters by local councillor and provost Len Scoullar on Monday - meaning that there’s only one more full business day to sign a paper copy of the petition if you haven’t already done so.

Click here to add your name to the online version - the paper copy can be signed at the Victorian Shop, A.M. Macqueen’s butchers, Print Point, Toffo’s newsagent, Bute Pet Supplies, Bute Tools, For Bute and the post offices in Rothesay, Ardbeg and Port Bannatyne.

Replacing all of Argyll and Bute’s bedding plant displays and areas of shrubs and rose bushes with grass is one of more than 140 ‘savings options’ contained in the council’s ‘Service Choices’ budget consultation, which closed on December 31.

If the option - which is likely to lead to the closure of both Ardencraig Gardens and the nursery next door where bedding plants for the Bute and Cowal area are cultivated - makes it into the final package of budget cuts, and is approved by councillors at their annual budget meeting in February, four jobs on Bute will be lost, reducing the council’s spending by £133,000.

A firmer list of proposed savings is expected to be considered at the next full council meeting on January 21 as the authority aims to bridge a budget gap of up to £26 million.