Step closer to a ‘THI 2’ for Rothesay

Guildford Court in Rothesay is one of the town centre buildings refurbished under the five-year Townscape Heritage Initiative.
Guildford Court in Rothesay is one of the town centre buildings refurbished under the five-year Townscape Heritage Initiative.

A second ‘Townscape Heritage’ project in Rothesay’s town centre has moved a step closer after Argyll and Bute councillors agreed to back the first stage in the bidding process.

Local authority officials will now apply to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a ‘stage one’ award under the TH programme - formerly known as a Townscape Heritage Initiative.

That ‘stage one’ bid, if successful, will release enough cash for the authority to work up a ‘stage two’ bid, likely to be made in 2016.

Members of the council’s policy and resources committee gave their backing on Thursday to a stage one bid to the HLF.

Rothesay’s initial five-year THI, due to run until March 2016, has seen £4.2 million from the HLF, Historic Scotland, the council, LEADER and private investment spent on breathing new life into the Guildford Square area of Rothesay and its surrounding buildings.

Local councillor and Argyll and Bute provost Len Scoullar said: “I’m absolutely delighted that all parties involved have recognised that Rothesay needs further investment to build on the excellent work of the Townscape Heritage Initiative.”

* More on this story to follow on Friday.