The deputy leader of Argyll and Bute Council has urged the community on Bute to get behind plans for the regeneration of Rothesay Pavilion as a jewel in Scotland’s artistic and creative crown.
Councillor Ellen Morton, whose remit includes a role as the authority’s ‘policy lead’ on development and infrastructure, was speaking at the end of a visit to Rothesay this week - and in the wake of the rejection by Creative Scotland of a £900,000 funding bid to help with the restoration of the building.
“Creative Scotland’s decision is not the end of the world, or anything like it,” Cllr Morton said.
“Other funding applications can be and will be made, and so far there are some quite positive indications about alternative sources of funding.
“But we need to show the community buys in to the project. The sooner the community signs up to a clear plan of action for what will be done with the building, the better.
“If the building isn’t saved, it will be lost. I think the awful truth is that if no consensus can be reached in the community, the project will fail and we will end up with nothing.
“At first, when I read that the Creative Scotland application had been refused, I thought ‘oh my God, where do we go with Rothesay now?’, but I’ve been reassured by the detail of the funding programme which is still in place. However, it is very important that Rothesay and Bute gets behind the project.”