Bute science centre ‘still on course’ despite heritage blow

Margaret Williams takes a brain to bits at Saturday's Elements science fair at Rothesay Pavilion.
Margaret Williams takes a brain to bits at Saturday's Elements science fair at Rothesay Pavilion.

Plans to set up a science centre and observatory on Bute will not be affected by the scrapping of plans for a rural heritage centre, The Buteman has been told.

The Bute Astronomical Club, which had been working in partnership with the Bute Conservation Trust and the Mount Stuart Trust on plans for a combined heritage and science facility at Meikle Kilmory, still intends to press on with its own side of the project.

The club issued a statement following the news on Monday that the Bute Conservation Trust had decided not to proceed with its plans for a heritage centre after a bid for lottery funding was turned down.

Sylvia Jardine from Bute Astronomical Club said: “The Bute Astronomical Club want to emphasise that this will not affect our plans for our project and that we are still keen to pursue the siting and construction of both an observatory and a science centre with educational services for the community of Bute.

“Our Elements Science outreach service, through the Scottish Government initiative Talking Science, has proved very successful and people have shown a great deal of interest in what we are doing.

“With excellent participation so far the directors of Bute Astronomical Club and our ‘citizen scientists’ are keen and willing to participate in future events and even attend a family oriented science centre on Bute.

“Attendance so far at our key events is 2,720, with other events planned throughout the summer at key west coast towns to encourage not only an interest in the principles of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, but to also add to a potential tourism market for Bute.

“We are determined to keep this project going, I hope you will support us in the progress of Bute in the field of science and technology.”

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