‘Remaking Rothesay’ - the first findings revealed

Desmond Bernie from Ice Cream Architecture (right) reveals the initial findings from 'Remaking Rothesay' at the Discovery Centre.
Desmond Bernie from Ice Cream Architecture (right) reveals the initial findings from 'Remaking Rothesay' at the Discovery Centre.

Retaining more people and attracting new residents, businesses and visitors are key to a prosperous future for Rothesay and Bute, according to the people who took part in the ‘Remaking Rothesay’ event earlier this year.

The team behind Remaking Rothesay presented their initial findings from the event at a gathering in the Isle of Bute Discovery Centre this week - and while much of what they’ve found will come as no shock, there were still plenty of points of interest brought up as a result of the four-day Charrette, held from February 24 to 27.

Presenting their findings, Desmond Bernie from the Glasgow firm of Ice Cream Architecture, which put together Remaking Rothesay on behalf of the island’s Alliance for Action, said: “It was unanimously agreed that for all aspects of regeneration, Rothesay and Bute are interdependent, and improvements must be shared across the town and island.”

“There were two key drivers that were consistent in all conversations throughout the Charrette process - retaining more people and attracting more people.”

The report on Remaking Rothesay identified six key guiding principles for improving the island’s economy:

* communicating a positive self-image both on and off the island

* collaborative decision-making and action across services and organisations

* active and maintained buildings and spaces, restoring built heritage to make a more attractive and lively town centre

* a town centre that is accessible and easy to get around

* fostering opportunities in tourism, produce/agriculture, creative industries and technology/digital

* a place for families, with good schools, housing, leisure/play and health/wellbeing facilities, with an environmental attitude, suitable for all generations.

More on the initial findings on Remaking Rothesay to follow on this site soon.