Rothesay town bell set for a new home?

The performance space and gardens on the corner of High Street and Montague Street - seen here hosting a concert by the Bute Community Band - is to provide a new home for Rothesay's town bell. (Pic - George McKenzie)
The performance space and gardens on the corner of High Street and Montague Street - seen here hosting a concert by the Bute Community Band - is to provide a new home for Rothesay's town bell. (Pic - George McKenzie)

Work to install Rothesay’s town bell in a prominent location in the centre of the town is set to be progressed “as a matter of urgency”.

Local councillors on the Bute and Cowal area are to consider approving a suggestion that the bell be installed in the gardens and performance space on the corner of High Street and Montague Street.

The bell was positioned at the top of the building on the corner of High Street and Castle Street, which housed the town’s sheriff court and council chambers, until the property was sold to Fyne Homes for housing.

It has been kept in storage at Bute Blacksmiths’ Rothesay workshops since its removal.

The Provost’s Fund will be asked to meet the cost of polishing the bell and putting it in position.

A report to be considered by Argyll and Bute Council’s Bute and Cowal area committee this Tuesday states that the relocation of the bell would be regarded as ‘permitted development’ - meaning it would not need planning permission - and that the cost of polishing it and putting it in position can be met from the Provost’s Fund.

The report asks members of the committee “to agree that the work should therefore be taken forward as a matter of urgency, thereby restoring the bell to a central location and providing civic pleasure to the community in Rothesay and the island of Bute”.