Bute residents back land buyout plan
Islanders back plans to purchase around 2,000 acres of land owned by film director Richard Attenborough.
Islanders on Bute have voted in favour of in Scotland’s biggest ever community buyout proposal.
Residents have backed the the plans to purchase around 2,000 acres of land owned by film director Richard Attenborough.
There were 2,739 votes cast, a 52.5% turnout. Under the rules of community buyout ballots, a turnout of over 50% was required.
Of those who voted, 2,557 voted 'yes', 93.3%. 177 voted 'no' and there were five spoiled papers.
Peter McDonald from the Bute Community Land Company who campaigned in favour of the proposals said he was 'Absolutely delighted with a fantastic result."
A formal submission will be made to the Scottish Government next week including the ballot result and a feasibility study.
Those behind the bid believe the purchase of Rhubodach Forest, valued at around £1.4million, could turn the island into a top eco-tourism destination.
In addition to improving access for cyclists and walkers it is hoped wood from the forest could provide a carbon neutral heating for homes on the island.
Lord and Lady Attenborough, the owners of Rhubodach Forest, have not commented on the community buyout proposal.