Trust wants to tackle empty Rothesay shop-fronts

The Isle of Bute Trust wants to tackle the problem of empty and unattractive shop-fronts in Rothesay.
The Isle of Bute Trust wants to tackle the problem of empty and unattractive shop-fronts in Rothesay.

Tidying up some of Rothesay’s long-empty shop fronts is one of the first priorities of the newly-formed Isle of Bute Trust.

The organisation’s acting chairman, Alisdair Johnston, has told The Buteman that while some of those empty shops may prove, at least in the short term, to be beyond help, that won’t stop the Trust trying to force positive action wherever it can.

Mr Johnston, who grew up in Rothesay and retired to the town in November after more than 30 years in the Army, said: “We have at least 14 empty shops in Rothesay. Some are not a problem in as much as they will be re-let quite quickly,and others are in the hands of receivers, so there is little or no interest in doing much about their appearance.

“However, we have engaged with a number of agents and said “your shop will sell better if it’s not a mess”.

“We have also engaged with the council to see whether, if a shop is a mess, there is anything that can be done about it.”

* You can find out more about the Isle of Bute Trust at the organisation’s official website.