Community councillors to pursue de-listing of former Rothesay Academy

Historic Scotland has rebuffed moves by Bute Community Council to have the former Rothesay Academy building de-listed.
Historic Scotland has rebuffed moves by Bute Community Council to have the former Rothesay Academy building de-listed.

Bute Community Councillors are to continue to pursue the de-listing of the former Rothesay Academy building after their original request was declined by Historic Scotland.

The building, which is owned by Argyll and Bute Council, has been vacant since the school moved to its new premises in Townhead in 2007 but any interest shown by potential purchasers has failed to come to fruition.

The most recent action to block the de-listing of the building came just last month, with Historic Scotland claiming the Chapelhill building still meets the criteria for B-listed status.

Despite this, Bute Community Councillors have stated they will continue to make a case to Historic Scotland - and to the building’s owners Argyll and Bute Council - that some kind of action must be taken.

Councillor Isobel Strong recommended that community councillors ask Argyll and Bute Council if they’re actively marketing the building, adding: “As far as I know, it’s not been offered for sale, and I think Historic Scotland are keen for there to be another use for the building, before demolition is considered.”

* Read more from Bute Community Council’s most recent meeting in next week’s Buteman.