Report for council on state of former Rothesay church

The former West Church building in Rothesay's Argyle Street.
The former West Church building in Rothesay's Argyle Street.

Local councillors will consider a report on the state of a derelict former church building in Rothesay when they meet in the town on Tuesday.

A report on the condition of the former West Church in Argyle Street has been prepared for Argyll and Bute Council’s Bute and Cowal area committee, whose members are due to meet at Eaglesham House.

The report re-states the council’s willingness to work with a community group which was recently set up to look at restoring the B-listed building and securing an alternative future use for the structure.

It also says work is to be carried out to investigate the interior condition of the building - in particular its roof and the trusses holding it up.

“Of most concern at this time,” the report states, “is the condition of the primary roof trusses at their bearings on the wallheads, both because of the associated safety issues and because the roof structure restrains the wallheads.

“The timberwork at these locations needs to be checked and measures taken to address any significant deterioration to ensure that the main structure of the building is not compromised in the short term.

“This action will allow the interior of the building to be cleared and made safe, and will assist in securing the stability of the building.

“Building standards are in the process of commissioning these investigative works to ascertain the exact condition and requirements of the roof trusses.”