The owner of the derelict former bathing station at Rothesay’s West Bay says he hasn’t given up hope of turning the site into a housing development.
Ron MacDonald told The Buteman he had instructed a firm of estate agents in Dunoon to put the site on the market - nine months after announcing his intention to sell.
“I’ve given them instructions to accept a sale, subject to the receipt of planning permission to develop the site,” Mr MacDonald said, “or to agree to a joint venture with someone else looking to develop it.
“The planners say they will consider a development which retains the existing building. They’re considering allowing three new houses to be built, with two created out of the bathing station building.
“We don’t have the cash to develop it ourselves at present, but I’ve invested £250,000 in that site over the years, and while I’m still keen to do something with the it, the banks just aren’t lending money to anyone just now.”
More detail on this story in the new issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, February 21.