Partial demolition of Rothesay’s former West Church, and the creation of a garden space on the site, is no longer a viable option, according to a local community group.
The West Kirk Rothesay Preservation Group told local councillors this week that it had decided to concentrate on a feasibility study based on saving the entire building from demolition, rather than just the spire which is a prominent feature of the Rothesay skyline.
The group’s leader, Richard Whitcomb, told Argyll and Bute Council’s Bute and Cowal area committee: “The advice we have had from potential funders is that finding a sustainable end use for the building will be more challenging where a garden space is concerned. We have therefore stuck to options which would retain the whole building.”
Exploratory work aimed at finding out the internal state of the building - which has been fenced off since November 2013 - began this week.
The church, in Argyle Street, has lain empty and increasingly derelict since the Rothesay West congregation united with that of Rothesay Trinity in 1978.