Could Rothesay play host to a ‘THI 2’?

A 'before' and 'after' montage showing the work carried out on Rothesay's Guildford Square since August 2013 - most of it under the auspices of the Townscape Heritage Initiative.

A 'before' and 'after' montage showing the work carried out on Rothesay's Guildford Square since August 2013 - most of it under the auspices of the Townscape Heritage Initiative.

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Rothesay could be in line for a fresh injection of public funds following the success of the Townscape Heritage Initiative in the centre of the town - and your support is being sought for the idea.

Argyll and Bute Council’s policy and resources committee will consider whether to approve a bid for a second Townscape Heritage project when it meets this coming week, after being encouraged to do so by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Current THI project officer Lorna Pearce told a meeting in Rothesay this week: “The Heritage Lottery Fund came to us about a month ago, saying they recognise that we have really only scratched the surface [with the present THI].

“They asked if we would be interested in submitting a ‘stage one’ bid for a second Townscape Heritage project by August 31.”

Council officials were already looking at the possibility of a second Townscape Heritage scheme for Rothesay, but Ms Pearce said the HLF advice is that a bid would be more likely to succeed if made this year, rather than in 2016.

The ‘stage one’ bid, if successful, would release time and money to draw up a detailed ‘stage two’ application with the detail of what a ‘phase two’ THI might look like.

All expressions of support ahead of the council committee meeting on August 20 will be gratefully received - you can register or sign in to post your comments here, or have your say via our Facebook page.