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West Church to be demolished by ‘end of year’

The former West Church in Argyle Street is to be demolished by the end of the year according to Argyll and Bute Council.

The former West Church in Argyle Street is to be demolished by the end of the year according to Argyll and Bute Council.

 

The former West Church in Argyle Street will be demolished by the end of the year, according to Argyll and Bute Council.

An exclusion zone was set up around the former West Church building in Argyle Street late last year after an inspection found that the roof had begun to sag following the partial failure of one of the main roof beams.

An Argyll and Bute Council spokesperson told us: “The West Church in Rothesay is considered to be a danger to public safety - the main roof timbers are causing de-stabilisation of wall heads.

In cases such as this, where ownership cannot be established, the duty of care falls on the local authority.

“The building is not safe to work inside therefore demolition is the only logistically sensible solution for the council to maintain public safety.

“We are making an application to Historic Scotland to secure the partial demolition of this listed building. It is hoped that the spire will be saved at the least.

“It is anticipated that the work will be carried out by the end of the year.”

To view the council’s application to demolish the building, click here.

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