Former Rothesay hotel ‘unlikely’ to become council hub

The former Royal Hotel on the corner of Albert Place and Bishop Street.

The former Royal Hotel on the corner of Albert Place and Bishop Street.

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The owner of the former Royal Hotel in the centre of Rothesay says he thinks a suggestion that the property become a ‘hub’ for local council services is unlikely to happen.

George Hanson, who has owned the B-listed property on the corner of Albert Place, Bishop Street and West Princes Street since October 2014, spoke to The Buteman after the idea of moving all Argyll and Bute Council staff into a ‘one-stop shop’ at the Royal was raised during a briefing event in the town for local business owners.

“I don’t think the idea is going to go anywhere,” Mr Hanson said.

“I’m working closely with the council - we’re in talks every couple of months - but we’re still looking for an end user for the property.

“The building is now secure and free of rot and vermin, but I don’t think anything is going to come of this idea.”

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