Bute’s sports clubs could have to wait until 2018 to see a third-generation - or 3G - playing surface installed at Rothesay Joint Campus.
Following our report in March that the campus in Lochgilphead - which is the same age as the one in Rothesay - was to get a new 3G pitch this summer, with no sign of something similar on Bute, local authority officials have confirmed that the Lochgilphead surface is in a poorer state because of heavier usage.
In a letter to Bute Community Council secretary Mick Common, David Logan from Argyll and Bute Council’s special projects team said the Lochgilphead surface had become more worn since 2011, when both the Lochgilphead and Rothesay pitches were considered to be of a satisfactory standard.
Mr Logan said in his letter: “In respect of the 2G carpet at Rothesay Joint Campus, the assessment of ABC Schools [the council’s private sector partner in its non-profit project to build and maintain ten new schools across the area] is that, dependent on the future level of usage, the 2G carpet there may require to be replaced some time in the next two to four years.
“That is a matter that will be reviewed annually by them.”
The lack of a 3G surface in Rothesay means that there is no venue on Bute able to host SFA-approved football matches when grass pitches are unplayable.