Decision due this week on Rothesay play park plans

The fate of plans to build a new play park next to Rothesay Leisure Pool in the town’s High Street will be decided next week.

The Project Playpark Partnership’s application to develop the site will be considered by Argyll and Bute Council’s planning, protective services and licensing committee (PPSL) at a meeting to be held in the council chamber in Lochgilphead at 11am on Wednesday, October 17.

The authority’s planning department has recommended approval of the application in spite of objections from two members of the public, David Flowers and Elizabeth Chandler.

Mr Flowers’ response to the application, available online at the council’s website, states: “Rothesay is meant to be flying the flag of promotion as a holiday resort and by building a play park away from the town centre does not promote this idea.

“The old play park was destroyed by the council allowing the building of the shinty club hut on the old play park site.

“We need something within the town centre that can be used by locals and visitors alike.

“I have run a small business within the town centre for over 17 years and a common complaint from visitors is the lack of facilities in Rothesay’s town centre.

“This is a chance to improve the town centre with the spare cash to hand, and not hidden away in an area that clearly people will not seek out.”

Mrs Chandler’s letter, also publicly available on the council’s website, states: “I object to the formation of a new play park behind the swimming pool because it requires the removal of a large portion of the green field area known as Charlie’s Park and I believe that would be detrimental to the current and future uses of the area for general sporting activities and casual access.

“The current site of the Meadows play park should be retained and improved.”

However David Eaglesham, the council’s planning team leader for Bute and Cowal, in his report to the PPSL committee, states: “Whilst Policy LP REC 2 presumes against development of recreational land, the addition

of equipment to this recreation ground is wholly ancillary to its intended purpose and is entirely consistent with Policy LP REC 1 of the Local Plan, which supports proposals which improve sporting and recreational facilities within populated and accessible locations.”

Mr Eaglesham’s report proposes only one condition should planning permission be granted - namely that the development be implemented in accordance with previously approved drawings.

The play park proposal is one of five applications for planning permission due to be considered by PPSL members at Wednesday’s meeting.