Rothesay Pavilion repairs to start this month

Parts of the outside of Rothesay Pavilion have been fenced off on safety grounds since the spring of 2014.
Parts of the outside of Rothesay Pavilion have been fenced off on safety grounds since the spring of 2014.

Essential repairs to the outside of Rothesay Pavilion are due to start this month - more than a year after part of the exterior was fenced off on safety grounds.

The north-west face of the building has been fenced off since April 2014 due to the deteriorating condition of the 1938 structure.

Argyll and Bute Council announced last October that £335,000 was to be added to the pot of money set aside for the regeneration of the building to carry out repair work.

But a spokesperson for the authority said this week that most of that money would be spent only once the Pavilion is closed for its £8 million-plus refurbishment between September of this year and the summer of 2017.

“Between £30,000 and £50,000 is to be spent in May and June to make the worst of the outside safe,” we were told.

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