‘No-one listening to us’ say West Church neighbours

The former West Church in Rothesay has been fenced off on safety grounds since November 2013 after lying empty and increasingly forlorn for more than 30 years.
The former West Church in Rothesay has been fenced off on safety grounds since November 2013 after lying empty and increasingly forlorn for more than 30 years.

Residents of a Rothesay block of flats say no-one in authority is listening to their alarm at the state of a former church building next door to their homes.

A confidential council report has laid bare the state of the former West Church in Argyle Street - and the estimated costs involved in demolishing the building or, alternatively, making it safe.

Plans to demolish the property were put on hold last year after a community group was formed in the hope of securing an alternative use for the building, which was last used as a church in the late 1970s.

But that move has alarmed those living in the flats next door to the structure, which was last used as a church in the late 1970s.

One of those residents, local artist Brian Large, said: “No-one is listening to the building’s neighbours. The people who want to save it are being listened to but the residents are not.”

* More on the ongoing West Church saga in the August 14 issue of The Buteman - on sale now.