Gorebridge scheme drives regeneration

The princes trust guys working on clearing vegetation around New Byres castle as part of the Gorebridge CARS scheme
The princes trust guys working on clearing vegetation around New Byres castle as part of the Gorebridge CARS scheme

The Gorebridge Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) continues to transform the historic centre of the village along Main Street.

Renovation work on the first two buildings given CARS funding is almost complete, while the Gorebridge CARS team approved two more building grants at their meeting earlier this month.

Number 41-43 Main Street is quite distinctive in the street with a crow stepped gable with central chimney dating from 1879, and the ground floor used to be the old post office in Gorebridge. The grant is for the repair and restoration of roofs, stonework and original sash and case windows as well as a new traditional window on the ground floor to replace a modern one.

Number 46 is a stone mid-terrace property dating from the late 19th century. The grant approved is for stone repair and window repair.

Meanwhile, a Prince’s Trust youth team has been clearing vegetation from around Newbyres Castle as part of the CARS scheme.

Gail Halvorsen, chairman of Gorebridge CARS project team, said: “It is great that steady progress is now being made with the historic regeneration of Gorebridge.

“I am also very pleased that we have been able to engage with the Prince’s Trust.

“Their project to clear vegetation from around Newbyres Castle will make it more visible and safeguard the remains from invasive root damage from small trees that are now growing around the site.”

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