BCC speak out over court closure proposals

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BUTE Community Council are to write to the Scottish Court Service in opposition to the proposed closure of Rothesay Sheriff Court.

At last night’s meeting in Port Bannatyne Village Hall, chairperson Grace Strong suggested that the community council should write to the Scottish Court Service to vehemently oppose the proposal which, it has been claimed, will create a saving of £6000.

Councillor Isobel Strong advised writing to the constituency’s MSP, Mike Russell, and stated: “When you consider the cost of travelling expenses for witnesses, police attendance at Greenock Sheriff Court for cases, how will £6000 be saved?”

Mike Blair said that a £6000 saving was ‘ridiculous’, and Councillor Len Scoullar made a point of saying that Rothesay Sheriff Court would have closed years ago had it not been for the efforts of Sheriff John Herald who recently retired.