The Rothesay hotelier at the centre of a row over the installation of UPVC windows in his property has responded to claims that he turned down substantial grant funding which would have helped him to improve his building.
Harry Greene spoke to The Buteman in an attempt to answer questions from some readers over the extent to which Rothesay’s Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) was prepared to support improvements to the Bute House Hotel.
On our Facebook page, some readers suggested Mr Greene and his wife Hazel had been offered 90 per cent grant assistance to upgrade the building - but he told us that was not the case.
“The THI did a survey of the hotel in January 2013 and gave a total cost for the building of £171,000,” he said.
“But they didn’t have that amount of money to give me. They said they only had £70,000, and I was told I’d have to find 30 per cent of whatever they had available.”
An Argyll and Bute Council spokesperson said: “It wouldn’t be appropriate to comment on an individual situation, and every situation is different, but typically, an application could attract support to the tune of 70 per cent of the total cost, with a 30 per cent contribution from the owner.
“This would cover a range of works including overhaul of windows, roof, lead work and gutter repairs, repainting facades and more.”
Mr Greene began installing UPVC windows in the hotel on March 19, despite having two planning applications for the work turned down; two days later Argyll and Bute Council secured an interim interdict to stop the work.
* More detail on this story in the April 11 edition of The Buteman - on sale now.