Spire of former Rothesay church to be demolished

The spire of the former West Church - the nave of which is currently being partly demolished - has been deemed by an expert to be in a dangerous condition.
The spire of the former West Church - the nave of which is currently being partly demolished - has been deemed by an expert to be in a dangerous condition.

The spire of a former Rothesay church is to be demolished after it was found to be in ‘imminent danger’ of collapse.

The steeple at the former West Church in Argyle Street was inspected this week while work continues on the partial demolition of the rest of the property, also on safety grounds.

Bute councillor Robert Macintyre told The Buteman: “The spire has been inspected by an expert, who says it is in a dangerous condition.

“If it is deemed to be dangerous the matter becomes the reponsibility of the council’s building control department, and they have decided it must come down ASAP.”

The same building control department recommended last month that the nave of the church should be partly demolished due to the unsafe condition of the structure, which has lain unused for more than 30 years.

Work has already begun on that partial demolition, which will see only the external walls below windowsill height left in situ.