Bute Community Council wants old Academy de-listed

The old Rothesay Academy building has been boarded up since the school's departure for its new Townhead home in 2007; Bute Community Council has now made enquiries about having the building de-listed.
The old Rothesay Academy building has been boarded up since the school's departure for its new Townhead home in 2007; Bute Community Council has now made enquiries about having the building de-listed.

Bute Community Council has enquired about the possibility of having the old Rothesay Academy main building de-listed.

BCC secretary Peter Wallace has written to Historic Scotland asking how to go about having the lower building on the Chapelhill site removed from the country’s register of listed buildings.

The Academy site has been vacant and increasingly derelict since the school moved to a new campus, shared with Rothesay Primary and Argyll College, in the Townhead area in 2007.

A spokeswoman for Historic Scotland said: “Buildings can be proposed for delisting using an online form and Historic Scotland considers each proposed delisting on a case-by-case basis.

“Last week we received an enquiry about delisting Rothesay Academy from Bute Community Council. We have asked them to fill in the proposal form and we are awaiting the return of the form before we can review this listing.”

The B-listed building, opened in 1959 to replace the previous Gothic-revival structure destroyed by fire five years previously, was added to the register of listed buildings in 1997.