Plans for the regeneration of Rothesay Pavilion have been dealt a serious blow after Creative Scotland turned down a £900,000 grant application for the building.
It’s the second time the organisation has refused a bid for financial support from the team behind the Pavilion project - and leaves a major hole in the overall funding package for the scheme.
Local councillor Robert Macintyre, chair of the Argyll and Bute Council committee overseeing the project: “The news that the council has failed for a second time to access funding from Creative Scotland is extremely disappointing.
“The £900,000 applied for is a major part of the overall funding for the Pavilion - I’ve worked it out at around 18 per cent ofthe total cost of the project - and without it a fresh look will have to be taken at the whole project.”
The Pavilion project is part of Rothesay’s contribution to the council’s CHORD project, set up with the aim of regenerating Campbeltown, Helensburgh, Oban, Rothesay and Dunoon.
The second part of the Rothesay CHORD project is the Townscape Heritage Initiative, which has seen grant funding of more than £2.5 million used to breathe new life into the Guildford Square area in the centre of the town.
Creative Scotland did approve support for three Argyll and Bute projects in its latest round of grant awards: £621,663 to an artists’ centre redevelopment plan at Cove Park on the Rosneath peninsula, a £100,000 development award to contribute to a new exhibition, performance and workshop space at the former St Peter’s Seminary in Cardross, and a £15,000 development award to the refurbishment of the Dunoon Burgh Hall.