Builder fears for future of Royal Hotel

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The Rothesay building contractor on whose shoulders hopes of saving the town’s Royal Hotel appear to rest has told The Buteman of his fears for the future of the premises.

George Hanson, whose expression of interest in saving the hotel was first made public in 2011, said this week that he was alarmed at the way the building had deteriorated over the last year - and that he could be reaching a point where he felt it was no longer worth saving.

“It’s getting towards the stage where it’s no longer worth my while,” Mr Hanson told The Buteman.

“I’ve done my best. I’ve done everything I can, and Historic Scotland have approved a grant scheme for the hotel, but the problem is still getting ownership of the building.

“The council spent £80,000 on repairs less than a year ago, but it’s at the point now where water is just pouring through.

“It might be at the stage now where it’s not even worth my while.”

Mr Hanson’s comments came in the week that the hotel’s future was debated in private by Argyll and Bute Council’s Bute and Cowal area committee, which met at the Queen’s Hall in Dunoon on Tuesday.

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