The chair of the Bute Conservation Trust has added his voice to those welcoming news of an investment of more than £8 million by the Bute Estate in upgrading empty properties around the island.
Donald Kinnear was speaking in the wake of the announcement that the Estate is to spend the next three years upgrading 11 sites to provide more homes for rent and additional self-catering holiday accommodation.
“I’m delighted at the news,” Mr Kinnear said. “These are key buildings, and to preserve and bring them back into use and up to a high standard can only be a good thing for Bute.”
A spokesperson for the trust said the funds being invested were “all private from Mount Stuart”, and that an exhibition showing off the plans in full was likely to be held within the next couple of months, following planning discussions.
So far, five of the 11 sites in the programme have been identified - Woodend, Ambrismore, Lubas, Quochag and the Mansion House in Rothesay. We also asked for details of the six sites not yet publicly identified, but were told the trust was not yet able to release details.