Demolition of former Rothesay church put on hold

Argyll and Bute Council has put the planned demolition of the former West Church in Rothesay's Argyle Street' on hold.
Argyll and Bute Council has put the planned demolition of the former West Church in Rothesay's Argyle Street' on hold.

Plans to demolish a former Rothesay church building have been put on hold by Argyll and Bute Council to give the local community time to come up with a plan to save some or all of the structure.

The former West Church in Argyle Street has been fenced off for almost a year on public safety grounds.

Following a public meeting aimed at ascertaining the level of support for retaining the building, or at least its spire, a council spokesperson said: “The West Church in Rothesay is still considered to be a danger to public safety.

“We have held off on any intervention to allow the community time to formulate their proposals on how to save/partially save the building.

“Intervention is a last resort and we would always seek to carry out the minimum work possible to make the building safe. It is highly likely that some action will have to be taken before the end of the year.”

The building ceased to function as a church in 1978 after the congregation opted to unite with that of Rothesay Trinity.

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