Bute Community Council

Since we became aware of the fish farm proposals on the Clyde, we’ve been bringing it to the attention of the Bute Community Council.

We’ve kept the issue in focus since March’s meeting, and will continue to do so. The BCC is now registered as a Consultee to the process, and is organising a meeting with the fish farm company, Dawnfresh, for the public to have their say with them, soon.

The Community Council represents the island public, but needs people to attend to inform their responses. Please consider if you can make it along to the next meeting, June 19th, 7pm, at the Bute Museum, to lend your support.

The Bute Community Council website::

Clyde Marine Planning Consultation

The Clyde Marine Planning Partnership consultation that has been visiting towns and cities around the Clyde Marine Region, and the deadline for responses to it’s Draft are due in tomorrow.

We’re getting notes together tonight to send out tomorrow, with a view on commenting on the plan in respect to environmental protection and aquaculture.

A reminder of the Draft plan location:

Update – Hawk’s Neb Resource Page

I have begun getting the reference documents onto the Resource page. Currently you can find a link to the Argyll and Bute Council document system for the Screening and Scoping application.

You will also find the Consultee Responses to the application, and related documentation from the Council and other bodies that provide information that inform objections to the proposal. In the upcoming days, notes will be added under the documents highlighting important sections and points.

Ardentinny farm objectors at Community Council meeting

This article describes how 62 community members attended a meeting with Dawn Fresh and only 4 raised their hands in approval of the fish farm after Dawn Fresh spent the evening promoting it.

Amazingly, with only 6% of those attending in favour of the proposal DFF saw the meeting as positive and said they will continue to engage with the community to explain the complexities of the proposal. Thus treating the community members as ignorant and unable to judge the merits of the proposal for themselves.

Marine mammal watchers can take part in a project…

Many residents on and visitors to Bute enjoy spotting the marine wildlife that we share our coasts and waters with. Clyde Porpoise is running a community project in which anyone spotting marine wildlife can report what they see and help to build a picture of the number and geographic spread of the marine wildlife in our area. Just go to online sightings form and complete as much information as possible – what type of animal was spotted (there is a drop down menu including types of whale, porpoise, dolphin, shark, otter, turtle, etc), the date, the time, how many were spotted, any birdlife that may have been seen, weather conditions, etc.

Taking part in this project could help to either fight the Dawnfresh fish farm proposals altogether or influence their use of Acoustic Deterrents.