The chairman of the new charitable trust set up to run Rothesay Pavilion if and when it is refurbished says he hopes the building will inspire others on Bute to improve the facilities available to both visitors and residents.
Nick Merriman also told The Buteman he planned to hold an open event in April, giving the public a chance to meet the members of the trust’s board and outlining the plans and vision for the building.
“The reason many of the funders are interested in the Pavilion is because it can contribute to the economy of the island, by helping to attract more visitors, supporting local businesses and being a place that can improve the quality of life on Bute,” he said.
“Bute can contribute to the programme, use the Pavilion as a venue, help support the development of festivals, and get behind the project. The Pavilion will fail if there is no clear voice from the community saying that they want it.”
Mr Merriman also said he was sympathetic to the concerns raised by local sports clubs over the future use of the building.
* More from our chat with Mr Merriman in the February 28 issue of The Buteman - on sale now!