Rothesay ambulance shelter cash bid fails

Attempts to fund and build a shelter on Rothesay pier for ambulance transfers have suffered a setback.

Attempts to fund and build a shelter on Rothesay pier for ambulance transfers have suffered a setback.

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A bid for government cash to help pay for an ambulance shelter on Rothesay pier has been turned down.

Bute Community Council applied for the cash from the Town Centre Communities Capital Fund, but received word this week that its bid - submitted on behalf of the recently-formed Isle of Bute Trust - had been knocked back.

In addition to the ambulance shelter - which, it was hoped, would bring an end to the transfer of hospital patients between ambulances in the open air on Rothesay pier - the bid also hoped to fund improvements to the nearby Victorian toilets, allowing visiting yacht crews to use the toilet and shower facilities outwith normal opening hours.

A total of 159 applications were received in this round of the fund, seeking £14.95m in funding, but a Scottish Government official told the community council: “Whilst your application generally met the criteria, due to teh volume and standard of competing bids it was not considered strong enough to merit funding.”