Falling masonry alert at former Bute hotel

Police cordoned off part of this section of pavement in Rothesay's West Princes Street after masonry fell from the former Royal Hotel (left) in high winds.
Police cordoned off part of this section of pavement in Rothesay's West Princes Street after masonry fell from the former Royal Hotel (left) in high winds.

Police cordoned off a section of pavement in West Princes Street just after midday on Sunday after a piece of masonry from the Royal Hotel building collapsed in the strong winds.

The building was made safe by local contractors and Argyll and Bute Council’s local building control officer and the cordon later lifted, though at the time of writing that section of the stree remained lined with police traffic cones.

The former hotel is due to be offered for sale by auction in Glasgow on the evening of Wednesday, October 29, with a guide price of £80,000.

In a separate weather-related incident, police and the council were alerted to a lamp in a dangerous condition atop a standard near the Albert Pier in Rothesay shortly after 5pm on Tuesday, October 21 amid similarly windy conditions.