Former Rothesay church building ‘too good to lose’

The former West Church.
The former West Church.

A former church building in Rothesay could be given a new lease of life as a business start-up space or an area for young people.

So says one of the founding members a community group formed to look at ways of saving the old West Church building in Argyle Street, which has lain empty and increasingly derelict since the late 1970s - and has been fenced off for more than a year on safety grounds.

Richard Whitcomb, who lives on Bute and works as an economic development and regeneration consultant for a Glasgow-based consultancy, said: “I am passionate about the fortunes of the island and the assets that the island possesses - both town and rural. The West Church is too good to just let go and the island has many needs - in my view the two can be married up.”

A meeting will take place at Rothesay Pavilion on Tuesday, February 3 at 7pm to formally constitute the group in order that it can apply for funding, and all members of the public are invited to attend.

* Full story in the January 23 edition of The Buteman - on sale now.