Rothesay garden space set for rebirth

This garden space in the centre of Rothesay could be given a revamp with the lion's share of �100,000 set aside by Argyll and Bute Council for capital projects on the island.

This garden space in the centre of Rothesay could be given a revamp with the lion's share of �100,000 set aside by Argyll and Bute Council for capital projects on the island.

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BUTE’S community councillors have given their backing to a plan to spend a substantial sum on revamping a community open space in the centre of Rothesay.

The money will come from Argyll and Bute Council’s capital budget for 2012-13, in which £100,000 was set aside for roads and amenity services projects on the island.

The decision comes after members of the public were invited to send in suggestions to the community council for how the money should be spent.

The proposal to revamp the garden space on the corner of Montague Street and High Street came from Argyll and Bute’s area Streetscene manager, Rothesay resident Allan MacDonald.

Community councillor Donnie MacLeod, chair of a sub-committee which has been considering the public’s suggestions, told BCC’s June meeting on Wednesday: “Allan’s ideas include removing the crazy paving and putting in a new surface, bespoke lighting, a performance area, replacing the public benches, installing hand rails for the infirm, making a feature out of the old fountain, planting some trees, replacing the annual bedding plants with lower maintenance perennials and adding descriptive boards telling the story of the area.

“This is a big project but we feel it would be of maximum benefit. It could involve adult and youth organisations and possibly businesses, and give the town centre a much-needed lift.”

Mr MacLeod said that while the garden project would “probably take a good lump” of the £100,000, it was hoped some money would be left over for other projects.

By an overwhelming majority, BCC members to approach Argyll and Bute Council to ask that the money be used on the garden project.