Community support needed in Bute’s Beautiful Scotland bid

Members of the community are being asked to get behind Rothesay’s Beautiful Scotland campaign this year.

At a meeting held in Rothesay Pavilion on Thursday evening, members of the public heard from Joe McCabe from Argyll and Bute Council’s local roads and amenity services department, and Ailsa Cunningham, the council’s streetscene officer, who are both keen for the community to lend their support in this year’s campaign.

Joe explained: “As representatives of the council, we’re seen as the leaders but it really needs to be the community who are taking charge. That’s why we’re pulling back a little. We will continue to back everyone up and support the campaign as we always do.”

Ailsa told those in attendance a little about how the campaign has changed in recent years. “This year our portfolio must show evidence of work being carried out throughout the year,” she said. “Also, we used to be a coastal resort – we’ve now been placed in the category of ‘Large Coastal Resort’ which means we’re facing competition from places like St Andrews. “

As the town undergoes a great deal of construction at present – Townscape Heritage Initiative, Montague Street garden project, etc. - Ailsa reassured those present that the judges look on this favourably, even though the view may not be aesthetically pleasing. “If you’re seen to be working to improve the area, that’s all that matters. You’re not marked down because there’s a building site.”

* For more on the campaign and how you can get involved, see next week’s Buteman – on sale on Thursday.