Police appeal over former Rothesay Academy

The former Rothesay Academy buildings have lain empty and increasingly derelict since the school moved to a new shared campus in 2007.
The former Rothesay Academy buildings have lain empty and increasingly derelict since the school moved to a new shared campus in 2007.

Police on Bute have issued an appeal to islanders to report any sightings of people on the roof of the former Rothesay Academy building.

The appeal has been issued after a report of a group of youths on the roof of the derelict main building on the evening of Tuesday, September 9.

Sergeant Dave Wilkinson from Rothesay police office said: “The fabric of the building cannot be guaranteed, and we have serious concerns that someone may fall or off the roof.”

The former Academy complex, off Westlands Road, has lain empty and increasingly derelict since the school moved to a new joint campus, shared with Rothesay Primary and Argyll College, at Townhead in 2007.

The lower of the two buildings on the hillside site, opened in 1959, enjoys - if that’s the right word - Grade B listed building status, though attempts by Bute Community Council to have the structure de-listed have been rebuffed by Historic Scotland.

The upper building on the site, which is not listed, dates from 1938 and originally housed Rothesay Academy’s primary department.