£600,000 funding bid for Rothesay Pavilion

Members of Argyll and Bute Council's Rothesay CHORD project board met in the Pavilion on Monday on the 75th anniversary of the building's opening, and on the day news of a �600,000 funding bid to the Scottish Government was announced. From left, they are Lorna Pearce, Rothesay THI project officer, accountant Donald MacKinnon, projects and renewables manager Audrey Martin, Councillor Isobel Strong, development officer Peter McDonald, Councillors Len Scoullar and Robert Macintyre and area governance manager Shirley MacLeod.

Members of Argyll and Bute Council's Rothesay CHORD project board met in the Pavilion on Monday on the 75th anniversary of the building's opening, and on the day news of a �600,000 funding bid to the Scottish Government was announced. From left, they are Lorna Pearce, Rothesay THI project officer, accountant Donald MacKinnon, projects and renewables manager Audrey Martin, Councillor Isobel Strong, development officer Peter McDonald, Councillors Len Scoullar and Robert Macintyre and area governance manager Shirley MacLeod.

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Rothesay Pavilion is to be the subject of a bid for funding of £600,000 from a new government cash pot.

Argyll and Bute Council is to make two applications to the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund - one for the Pavilion, for £600,000, and one for the timber pier on Dunoon’s waterfront, for £350,000.

The fund is open to all 32 local authorities across Scotland and the money is for regeneration projects which improve the economic, social and physical environment of communities. The fund is also to support capital works which can create jobs and training opportunities.

In the first year of the fund, 2014/15 there is £20.5 million available, and it is anticipated that in 2015/16 there will be £21.5 million available.

Projects are deemed eligible if they focus on areas with high levels of deprivation, deliver large scale transformational change with strong regeneration outcomes, demonstrate strong community involvement and can start on site in 2014/15.

Argyll and Bute’s lead councillor for environment, development and infrastructure, John Semple, said: “Both the Rothesay Pavilion and the Dunoon waterfront timber pier are very worthwhile projects which are key icons in the regeneration of these important towns.”

News of the Pavilion funding application was confirmed on Monday - 75 years to the day since the famous building opened its doors to the public.