Signs of progress - at last! - for Rothesay gap site

Reports for the June meeting of Argyll and Bute Council's Bute and Cowal area committee suggest there may at last be signs of progress for the Guildford Square gap site in the centre of Rothesay.
Reports for the June meeting of Argyll and Bute Council's Bute and Cowal area committee suggest there may at last be signs of progress for the Guildford Square gap site in the centre of Rothesay.

After years of hand-wringing, it appears that progress may finally be a realistic prospect for one of Rothesay’s most notorious eyesore sites.

Argyll and Bute Council has identified a commercial developer willing to purchase and build on the gap site in the town’s Guildford Square - known officially as 15-18 Montague Street.

Members of the authority’s Bute and Cowal area committee are due to consider the future of the site when they meet in Dunoon this Tuesday, June 4.

However, the identity of the developer and the nature of the development has not yet been revealed.

In addition, the subject will be considered in private on Tuesday under part of the Local Government (Scotland) Act of 1973, which allows the council to bar the press and public for discussion of “any terms proposed or to be proposed by or to the authority in the course of negotiations for a contract for the acquisition or disposal of property or the supply of goods or services”.

However, the suggestion that there might soon be progress at the gap site is bolstered by a separate report for the area committee’s June 4 meeting, which recommends changing the charging structure for vehicle parking in Guildford Square.

The reason given for the proposed change is that “the sale of the gap site at 15-18 Montague St for redevelopment appears to be conditioned by a requirement to provide free parking for customers to the developed premises”.