MSP says Bonnytown House is an election issue

Jackson Carlaw MSP.
Jackson Carlaw MSP.

Eastwood’s Conservative MSP says the failed “bonfire sale” of Bonnytown House care home means residents should vote for his party in the council elections.

After months of controversy over the attempted sale of the facility the preferred bidders for the site have scrapped their offer to purchase.

Earlier this week council leader Councillor Jim Fletcher said he was “extremely disappointed” by the development, adding: “A huge amount of work has gone into this process to date.

“The council had also taken the unprecedented step of supplementing pension contributions of Bonnyton staff by for a period of three years to match the terms currently in place for those transferring employment to the new prospective owners.”

The authority says the preferred bidders were not the only interested party, and it is now set to resume negotiations aimed at a sale.

But Mr Carlaw says there are “more questions than answers” about why the deal, approved on December 14, has collapsed.

Describing the attempted disposal as “an ill-fated bonfire sale”, he said: “The Scottish Conservatives have consistently opposed the sale of the only public care home in East Renfrewshire, while putting forward proposals to ensure it remains financially viable for the future.

“Staff, residents and their families will be upset and uncertain about their future and East Renfrewshire Council must keep them as informed about developments.”

And making a direct pitch for votes for Conservative candidates in the May council elections, he added: “Any resident concerned about the Labour/SNP administration’s sale of Bonnyton should vote Scottish Conservative. “

If part of the administration following the election, we are committed to maintaining Bonnyton as a public resource.”