Meeting sought over Rothesay sport field use

The rugby pitch at the King George V playing fields in Rothesay was used by ButeFest in July - but was badly affected by the heavy rain which hit the festival. (Pic - Iain L. MacLeod)
The rugby pitch at the King George V playing fields in Rothesay was used by ButeFest in July - but was badly affected by the heavy rain which hit the festival. (Pic - Iain L. MacLeod)

A meeting is to be sought between users of Rothesay’s playing fields after this summer’s ButeFest left the island’s rugby and cricket players without useable pitches.

Heavy rain during the ButeFest weekend, from July 17 to 19, left large areas of the King George V playing field and the adjacent Lade Park unfit for sports matches.

The aftermath of the ButeFest bad weather meant a change of venue for the light horse classes at Bute Agricultural Society’s annual show on August 12, and left the area in less-than-ideal condition for the Bute Highland Games, in which participating pipe bands use the park as a warm-up area.

In a briefing to Bute County Cricket Club, Argyll and Bute Council’s amenities and waste supervisor for Bute, Joe McCabe, said: “With regard to ButeFest nobody envisaged that type of weather at this time of year.

“As a council we expect it (the weather) to be bad, but not as bad as it was.

“We are quite happy for ButeFest to use the area they used – there will be a wash up meeting with them on what went well, what didn’t go well and how we can sort that out.

“I want to get all the sports clubs, ButeFest, the Bute Highland Games and the Bute Agricultural Society together for a meeting and then map out how we can live in harmony with one another so that everyone can use the playing fields but not to the detriment of anybody else.”

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