Members of Argyll and Bute Council have given their unanimous backing to the increased flying of the Saltire from the authority’s flag poles.
Councillors backed a motion from two Mid Argyll members, Dougie Philand and Sandy Taylor, to amend the authority’s policy so that the flag of Scotland be flown on council flag staff on all days other than those already laid down for the flying of the Union flag and the council flag.
The current policy, which dates from 2004, specifies six dates on which the Union flag should be flown from council buildings - the Queen’s birthday (April 21), Coronation Day (June 2), the Duke of Edinburgh’s birthday (June 10), the Queen’s official birthday (June 12), Remembrance Day (the second Sunday in November), and the Prince of Wales’ birthday (November 14).
The council’s own flag is also displayed at the authority’s Lochgilphead HQ on the day of a council meeting; until last week’s vote, the only day specified for flying the Saltire was St Andrew’s Day, November 30.
Other flags can be flown on occasional dates after consultation between the council’s chief executive, leader and Provost - with recent examples including the Commonwealth flag during the 2014 Commonwealth Games, and a white flag from November 25 to December 10 last year to show support for the White Ribbon Campaign’s efforts to end violence against women.
The decision marks a significant change in position from last year, when a request to have the council reconsider its flag-flying policy was defeated by 18 votes to four.
There are 11 council flag poles located across the authority area, including two in Rothesay - at the old council buildings and the Pavilion.