Rothesay to receive new 3G pitch

The current 2G all-weather pitch at Rothesay Joint Campus is unsuitable for SFA-approved football matches - and has drawn criticism from Bute's sports clubs.
The current 2G all-weather pitch at Rothesay Joint Campus is unsuitable for SFA-approved football matches - and has drawn criticism from Bute's sports clubs.

A brand new third-generation, or 3G, all-weather pitch is likely to be installed at Rothesay Joint Campus later this year following a vociferous campaign by the island’s sports clubs.

The Buteman understands that negotiations are at a critical stage over the laying of a new and improved surface at the campus - probably during the summer school holiday in July and August.

Argyll and Bute councillors were given an update on the authority’s NPDO public-private partnership - of which Rothesay Joint Campus is a part - at a meeting in Lochgilphead on Thursday.

The news comes after Bute’s sports clubs reacted angrily earlier this year to council plans to charge the same rate for the use of all its artificial surfaces.

Clubs on the island pointed out that Rothesay is currently the only town in the area without access to a 3G pitch.

The current 2G surface is, among other things, not approved by the Scottish Football Association for playing competitive matches when grass surfaces are unavailable or unplayable.

The news may also slightly soften the blow of the local authority’s ‘flat rate’ charging structure for all-weather pitches, which was approved in February and will see the Rothesay charge increase from £15.27 an hour to a maximum of £55 an hour by 2018-19.