I am unable to say much about the deal to sell Castle Toward because it was an exempt item at last Thursday’s council meeting. The paper was tabled on the day and we only got to read it just before the item was taken.
Readers may recall that I take the view property sales should be handled by the area committees of the council because that is what I believe the constitution says. However, the sale of Castle Toward has never gone near the Bute & Cowal Area Committee for reasons that remain far from clear.
I have been pursuing this because, if I am correct and it should have gone to the area committee, someone is playing fast and loose with the constitution. Despite much time and effort I have made no progress at all. The correspondence has today been passed to Audit Scotland and you can read it at the link below. If you can’t be bothered reading it all, here’s a wee gem from it.
I was told at one point that it was deemed a “strategic” property and that “strategic” properties could only be sold by the full council. I was also told that this decision had been reached some time ago by the council. I asked to see the minute of this meeting but regrettably they could not find it ! How odd.