What does Bute think of the Scottish Ferries Review?

The Scottish Ferries Review's draft plan proposes extending the timetable of the Rhubodach-Colintraive ferry crossing to midnight in the hope of giving Bute's economy a boost.
The Scottish Ferries Review's draft plan proposes extending the timetable of the Rhubodach-Colintraive ferry crossing to midnight in the hope of giving Bute's economy a boost.

BUTE Community Council’s response to the Scottish Ferries Review draft plan will be considered at a public meeting in Rothesay next week.

Members of BCC’s transport committee will meet representatives from Argyll and Bute Council at the Pavilion at 5.30pm on Wednesday, February 29 to discuss their response to the draft plan’s proposals for Bute.

The draft states that the ideal service model for Bute would be a timetable running from 6am until midnight, but that improving the Rothesay-Wemyss Bay service along those lines would be too expensive.

The review therefore recommends extending the Rhubodach-Colintraive timetable along those lines instead.

In addition, the plan states that fares based on road equivalent tariff (RET) will be rolled out to Bute “within the term of this Parliament”, i.e. by May 2015 at the latest.

Members of the public are welcome to attend and contribute to Wednesday’s meeting.

In addition, Bute’s local development officer Ciara Wilson is compiling a community survey on the review’s proposals to enable her to draw up a community response in time for the consultation’s deadline of March 30.

Ciara told The Buteman she plans to send out her survey by email, but will also host an open drop-in at the Bute Community Land Company’s office at 11 Victoria Street between Thursday, March 1 and Thursday, March 22, where members of the community can discuss the review and fill in the survey in person.

“I am conducting this survey as part of the ongoing implementation of the Bute Community Development Plan,” Ciara said.

“It is also a chance for members of the community who may not have been aware of the publication of the Ferries Review to hear more about it and share their views.

“All the information I receive from the completed surveys will be used to create a community response to the Ferries Review, and I will be submitting this response in my role as Bute’s local development officer.

“I have liaised with BCC on the community consultation and had various discussions with their transport representative, and we agree that two comprehensive community responses are more likely to strengthen the island’s position in the final Ferries Plan. 

“My belief is that if you live or work on Bute, you are affected by the ferries in some way and therefore should have a stake in the Ferries Review process.”

* In addition to the local means of contributing to the review, its proposals, along with an online questionnaire, can be viewed in full by clicking on the links to the right of this article.