Public meeting to consider a Bute tennis club

A meeting to gauge support for the formation of a tennis club on Bute is to be held on Wednesday, August 28.
A meeting to gauge support for the formation of a tennis club on Bute is to be held on Wednesday, August 28.

A meeting is to be held in Rothesay later this month to gauge the level of interest in setting up a tennis club on Bute.

The meeting, to be held at Bute Shinty Club on Wednesday, August 28 at 7.30pm, follows talks held last month on the future of the town’s dilapidated former tennis courts.

The future of the tennis courts at the Meadows was thrown into the spotlight after the Scottish Government’s announcement of an extra £6 million in funding to develop the sport in Scotland, following Andy Murray’s triumph in the men’s singles at Wimbledon in July.

The Rothesay tennis courts form part of Bute Shinty Club’s lease of the Meadows from the Bute Estate, although the club only became aware relatively recently that it was responsible for their upkeep.

As recently as 2010 Argyll and Bute Council was maintaining the courts and advertising for offers of lease for the courts and the adjoining kiosk for the summer season, although when we checked the position earlier this summer a council spokesperson said the authority was not responsible for the area.