Partial demolition for former Rothesay church

The former West Church in Rothesay's Argyle Street is set for demolition.
The former West Church in Rothesay's Argyle Street is set for demolition.

A decision has finally been made on the fate of the former West Church in Rothesay’s Argyle Street - partial demolition.

The announcement was made following Tuesday’s meeting of the Bute and Cowal Area Committee, which was heard in private at Eaglesham House, after Argyll and Bute Council’s building standards team determined that the building’s structural integrity posed an immediate safety concern.

Councillor Robert Macintyre, chair of Bute and Cowal Area Committee, told The Buteman: “The building standards section of the council have been in continual discussions with the structural engineer to establish the absolute minimum of work and most cost effective way to make the building permanently safe.

“It has been decided that the roof of the main church building must be removed as soon as possible and the remaining walls lowered to a safe height.”

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