Rothesay gap site set for regeneration

The gap site at 39-47 Watergate in Rothesay is set for a transformation following a grant from Stalled Spaces Scotland.
The gap site at 39-47 Watergate in Rothesay is set for a transformation following a grant from Stalled Spaces Scotland.

A Rothesay gap site will be the focus of attention after funds from Argyll and Bute Council have been allocated to transform the area into a community growing space.

The award of £2,500 for the gap site at 39-47 Watergate will enable Argyll College to facilitate, and assist in maintenance of the project, working in partnership with a number of island-based organisations and individuals.

Once complete, the growing space will include raised beds and some interpretation material celebrating Rothesay’s maritime history.

Falling under the umbrella of Stalled Spaces Scotland, the council-run programme seeks to empower communities and help them reconnect with their own particular area, building relationships with both the renovated community space and with neighbours and colleagues.

Following a round of publicity and events the council received seven applications to the £15,000 fund, five of which met the criteria. The other four successful projects were: green space next to 30 Argyll Road in Dunoon; former playground of the Rockfield Centre in Oban, former bowling green area of the Blarbuie Woods in the grounds of the Argyll and Bute Hospital in Lochgilphead; and the vacant lot in front of Park Terrace in Campbeltown.

Each of these projects involves the lead community group working with at least two others to improve the sites, with 19 groups in all working on the five projects.

These projects also meet the themes of the Stalled Spaces Scotland project – growing, healthy living and youth activity – and all hope to use the areas of land on a temporary basis, not prohibiting any future development.