The next step on the road to a masterplan for the future of Rothesay town centre has been taken in the form of a successful funding bid to the Scottish Government.
The island’s Alliance for Action had applied for cash to carry out a Charrette in Rothesay in the new year.
The project will see local residents, business owners and community groups working closely with expert designers over a short period of time to look at the regeneration work which has taken place in the town centre so far and where future regeneration should concentrate.
In particular, the Rothesay project will look at ways of improving circulation within the town centre and between the centre, the waterfront and the Pavilion, ways of encouraging pedestrian footfall and improving the pedestrian experience, and ways of improving the physical appearance of the centre of the town.
The Alliance for Action is a group of business, community and public sector representatives, as well as private individuals, set up earlier this year under the auspices of the Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum.
The group was set up to identify and work on what its members and the wider public believe to be the top priorities for the future prosperity of both Rothesay and Bute as a whole.
For those unfamiliar with the word ‘charrette’ - and don’t worry, we were too at first! - it’s defined by the Scotland’s Towns Partnership as “an intensive planning session where citizens, designers and others collaborate on a vision for development”.
The partnership’s definition also says: “It provides a forum for ideas and offers the unique advantage of giving immediate feedback to the designers. More importantly, it allows everyone who participates to be a mutual author of the plan.”