£100,000 for Bute: how should it be spent?

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THE community on Bute is to be asked for its views on spending priorities on the island after a sum of £100,000 in Argyll and Bute Council’s capital budget plan was set aside for ‘local capital priorities’.

The draft budget proposals had originally allocated the money for the refurbishment of the toilet facilities at the public park in Rothesay’s High Street during 2012-13.

But after representations from all the island’s councillors, who pointed out to officials from the local authority that the toilets were well used on only one day a year – the day of Bute Highland Games – it was agreed, at the council’s budget meeting in Lochgilphead on Thursday, that the money should instead be kept aside for other ‘roads and amenity services’ projects on the island.

And Bute Community Council (BCC) is to be consulted on how it, and the community, feels the re-allocated funds would be best spent.

At BCC’s monthly meeting this week, local SNP councillor Isobel Strong said that even the Bute Highland Games committee had expressed reservations at the expensive refurbishment of the public park’s toilet facilities.

A report on the parameters within which the £100,000 can be spent is to be prepared by Argyll and Bute officials before the consultation begins.