‘We’re on the way to building a better Bute’

The Remaking Rothesay: Design Charrette was held on February 24-27 in the Isle of Bute Discovery Centre.
The Remaking Rothesay: Design Charrette was held on February 24-27 in the Isle of Bute Discovery Centre.

“It’s key for folk to remember that the charrette is one part of a much bigger thing, and part of a longer island conversation.”

That was the advice of one of the members of Rothesay’s Alliance for Action following the conclusion of the design charrette commissioned by the group which was held in the Isle of Bute Discovery Centre last week, run by Ice Cream Architecture.

“In the six years I’ve lived on Bute,” said Paul Duffy, “there have been consulattions, opinions, Facebook conversations, good ideas, terrible ideas. They’re all part of the mix, but that’s been going on for six years now.

“Why I’m happy to put time behind this, and why others want to put time behind it, is because we’re starting to get to the end of the discussion process and near the ‘what do we want, and how do we make it happen?’.

“What happens now is we get from the charrette a clear image of about ten ideas - to start with - and then harness the skills and imagination of people here to start delivering on them.

“Some might be achieveable, others may take time, but it’s up to us to either make them happen or not make them happen.

“We now stop having conversations and start putting our shoulders to the wheel.”

* Read the full story in tomorrow’s Buteman.