Former Rothesay Academy ‘no heritage asset’

The main building at the former Rothesay Academy has lain empty since the school moved to a new home at Townhead in 2007.

The main building at the former Rothesay Academy has lain empty since the school moved to a new home at Townhead in 2007.

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The long-derelict main building at the former Rothesay Academy should have no place on Scotland’s register of listed buildings.

That’s the opinion of Dunoon councillor Michael Breslin, voiced this week during a discussion on the most unsightly buildings in the Bute and Cowal area.

The building, which has lain empty since the school moved to the Townhead joint campus in 2007, has had Category B listed status - given by Historic Scotland to ‘buildings of regional or more than local importance, or major examples of some particular period, style or building type which may have been altered’ - since 1997.

Speaking at a meeting of Argyll and Bute Council’s Bute and Cowal area committee, Councillor Breslin said of the council-owned property: “It’s an eyesore. It’s a sixties building that should have been demolished.

“I’m all for keeping our heritage assets, but that is not a heritage asset.”

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