‘Positive’ talks over landmark Rothesay building

Bute Conservation Trust chairman Donald Kinnear has welcomed "positive" talks with VisitScotland over the future maintenance of the Isle of Bute Discovery Centre.
Bute Conservation Trust chairman Donald Kinnear has welcomed "positive" talks with VisitScotland over the future maintenance of the Isle of Bute Discovery Centre.

The chairman of the Bute Conservation Trust has described talks over the future of one of Rothesay’s best-known buildings as “very positive”.

Donald Kinnear spoke to The Buteman after concerns were expressed over the long-term future of the Isle of Bute Discovery Centre, formerly known as the Winter Garden, which also houses the island’s only cinema.

Mr Kinnear said the Trust had held discussions with Neil Dickson, VisitScotland’s head of facilities and procurement, over the condition of the building, opened as the island’s tourist information centre in 2001.

“We said we were concerned that the building had had very little attention and was beginning to look a bit neglected,” Mr Kinnear said, “but Mr Dickson was very positive. He said VisitScotland had already had a quantity surveyor look at the building, and were coming up with a programme to give it a makeover or freshen it up. “He didn’t say what that programme was, but the tone of the meeting was very positive and we’re looking forward to learning more.”

David Adams McGilp, VisitScotland regional director, said: “The Isle of Bute Discovery Centre is an iconic building on Rothesay. It holds a special place in the heart of locals and visitors alike and for this reason we’re committed to ensuring it remains at a suitable standard.

“Our discussions with the Bute Conservation Trust have been excellent and we look forward to continuing the fantastic working relationship we have with the group.”