Businesses in Rothesay have been urged to get behind community efforts to bring about environmental improvements in the town.
The appeal comes from the members of Bute In Bloom, the group of volunteers set up to turn Rothesay’s annual entry in the Beautiful Scotland competition into a year-round initiative improving the appearance of the town.
A meeting of the group this week heard hopes that the current improvements to several shop-fronts in the town might encourage other businesses to do their bit too.
Jessica Herriot, Bute in Bloom’s chair, said: “We want new engagement and new thinking from local businesses.”
Group member David Rennie added: “Having an old town centre is a problem - some shops are crumbling behind the facades. However, investment elsewhere leads others to think ‘if I want to keep trading I’ve got to step up to the mark’.”
Rothesay received a ‘silver gilt’ award at the 2013 Beautiful Scotland awards ceremony in September, though judges Kate Stevenson and Lorna Mutch said they wanted to see more evidence of community fund-raising and of shop and business participation in future.
Several businesses at the east end of Rothesay town centre have carried out improvements to their shop fronts with financial help from the Rothesay Townscape Heritage Initiative, with improvements to other premises in the pipeline under the same scheme.
Business owners who would like to find out more about getting behind Bute In Bloom’s efforts can contact Jessica Herriot on (01700) 502725 for further details.