The Oban Times - - DISTRICTS -

ROTHE­SAY could ben­e­fit from a tourism and jobs boost after rais­ing £14 mil­lion to re­store the town’s pav­il­ion.

The re-vamped build­ing is ex­pected to at­tract more than 70,000 visitors a year and bring in 30 new jobs.

The con­tract is ex­pected to be awarded later this au­tumn, with work sched­uled to be­gin be­fore Christ­mas. It is hoped the restora­tion will be fin­ished by July 2019.

The re­stored pav­il­ion will in­clude a shop sell­ing lo­cal pro­duce, a cafe/ restau­rant, a re­vamped hall, a sec­ond smaller venue, of­fices and a func­tion room.

A £4.1 mil­lion National Lottery grant, more than £1 mil­lion from the Euro­pean Regional Devel­op­ment Fund and £750,000 from His­toric En­vi­ron­ment Scot­land have helped se­cure the fund­ing needed to get the pro­ject un­der way.

Coun­cil­lor Gary Mul­vaney, de­pute leader of Argyll and Bute Coun­cil and pol­icy lead for strate­gic fi­nance and cap­i­tal re­gen­er­a­tion, said: ‘The fundrais­ing tar­get was am­bi­tious – it had to be, to de­liver a re­vi­talised pav­il­ion that will be a key at­trac­tion for res­i­dents and visitors.

‘The pav­il­ion will be trans­formed into a hub for cul­tural and com­mu­nity use, bringing with it jobs and a new tourist at­trac­tion for Bute and the wider area.

‘I thank ev­ery­one in­volved in reach­ing this ex­tremely ex­cit­ing stage in the trans­for­ma­tion of Rothe­say Pav­il­ion.’

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