Could West Church become a theatre?

The former West Church building in Rothesay's Argyle Street has lain empty since 1978.
The former West Church building in Rothesay's Argyle Street has lain empty since 1978.

Rothesay’s former West Church building could make an excellent theatre space, film studio or climbing wall.

Those were just some of the suggestions which came about at a public meeting aimed at finding solutions for the dilapidated building which, until recently, was facing demolition.

Richard Whitcomb, a member of the group behind the campaign to save the building from the wrecking ball, said: “In terms of investigating uses for the church we’re aware we cannot duplicate activities that go on in the Pavilion - we’re aware there’s a finite set of uses for the building”

“We’ve [the community group] had a few small meetings, but we want to see what the desire is in this room.

“The first thing we felt was needed was to find out more about the status of the building - how dangerous it is.

“The council did seek a second opinion in terms of the state of the building, and that came back that it’s not in as bad a condition as was first thought.

“This second report suggests they’d like to do further investigative works at the back of the building.

“The council are minded to do that as long as there is sufficient appetite among the community to save the church.”

* Read the full story in this week’s Buteman - on sale from Thursday, February 12.