Rothesay shopping street reopens to traffic

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Rothesay’s main shopping thoroughfare reopened to vehicular traffic on Tuesday afternoon after being closed for three days due to resurfacing work.

Montague Street was shut on Sunday morning to allow a team from Argyll and Bute Council to start work on replacing two sections of flagstones, at the junction with Tower Street and a short distance away outside the town’s Superdrug store, with a tarred surface.

The work was undertaken after a number of complaints from members of the public that loose stones were presenting a danger to pedestrians.

The work, scheduled to take place between the end of the visitor season and the coldest spell of winter, had been due to last for two days, but strong winds and heavy rain made work impossible on Monday and the project was eventually finished 24 hours late.

The delay prompted one angry Montague Street business owner to come into The Buteman’s office on Tuesday morning and complain that the street resembled “a ghost town”.