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To: The Scottish Government

Investigate Argyll and Bute Council

Investigate Argyll and Bute Council

Please support the Castle Toward Supporters Group in our request for a full and independent investigation into the 'Common Space' allegations of, among other things, a culture of bullying and intimidation of staff, past and present within Argyll and Bute Council.

Why is this important?

Many people living in Argyll and Bute are concerned at the serious allegations contained in the Common Space articles written during February and March 2015. Some of these allegations relate to the failed community buyout of Castle Toward which over 10,000 people supported in a previous 38 degrees petition. The Chief Executive of the council, Sally Loudon has been asked by some local residents and by the MSP Mike Russell to instigate an independent investigation into these allegations. So far the response has been they cannot because the allegations are anonymous despite there being precedents for the investigation of anonymous allegations in many areas of public life including the Police, Social Services and Health Boards. Sally Loudon has also given written responses saying the allegations are untrue but without a full, thorough and independent investigation this is unsatisfactory and leaves too many questions unanswered. The General Register of Scotland recently published figures showing a continuing serious decline in the population of Argyll and Bute. We need to know the council is working for the good of the local people and stop this decline in an area rich with natural assets and so much potential for growth.

Reasons for signing

  • Council leader is a disgrace
  • Having taken groups of disadvantaged kids there in the 60s and seen the good work done there since I feel it is morally wrong to sell it off purely for profit.
  • We expect Clarity and integrity from people, in local Government. Why should this be so hard to attain? Do these people not realise they work for Us and we pay their wages. Why can our community not be taken seriously by councillors who live within our area. Something wrong somewhere.


2015-06-03 18:34:58 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2015-06-03 11:41:11 +0100

500 signatures reached

2015-06-02 11:14:01 +0100

100 signatures reached

2015-06-02 08:34:17 +0100

50 signatures reached

2015-06-02 05:28:26 +0100

25 signatures reached

2015-06-01 22:53:29 +0100

10 signatures reached