Sports clubs on Bute are worried they could miss out on a much-needed upgrade to the all-weather training and playing facilities on the island.
At present the all-weather pitch at Rothesay Joint Campus is not of a type approved by the Scottish Football Association to host adult or youth matches, leaving no alternative venue when bad weather leaves the grass pitch at Rothesay’s public park unplayable.
So when Argyll and Bute Council announced last week that the all-weather surface at the Lochgilphead Joint Campus - which is of a similar age to Rothesay - was to be upgraded from ‘2G’ to ‘3G’, at no cost to the authority, The Buteman asked the council whether Rothesay might expect the same good news - and were told that no upgrade in Rothesay was anticipated.
Local community councillor Henry Tait, who has played and coached with the island’s amateur football team, Rothesay Brandane AFC, for many years, said: “I looked at the dates both Lochgilphead and Rothesay were opened, and it looks like both were in 2007, so where is the difference?”
* More on this story in the March 14 issue of The Buteman - on sale now.