Rothesay housing project tackles garden space

HELP Project staff and clients, along with community volunteers, are clearing a long-neglected garden area in Rothesay town centre.
HELP Project staff and clients, along with community volunteers, are clearing a long-neglected garden area in Rothesay town centre.

A long-neglected public space in the centre of Rothesay is receiving some much-needed attention from a local project set up to help young people in their first housing tenancies.

The HELP Project has received National Lottery funding to enable its clients, with help from staff and community volunteers, tidy up the garden space in King Street, next to the Rothesay telephone exchange.

The site was originally landscaped in 1984, but has received little or no significant attention since then.

John McGuigan from the HELP Project said: “We’re working in partnership with the council, which is providing plants and other materials for the site. The young people involved are doing the work voluntarily and we’re hoping to have it finished in three months.”