£700,000 restoration fund for Gorebridge Main Street

Main Street, Gorebridge
Main Street, Gorebridge

A £700,000 scheme to restore parts of the historic Main Street of Gorebridge, has been launched – and locals are encouraged to take part.

The Gorebridge Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) is funded by Historic Scotland and Midlothian Council with support from Gorebridge Community Development Trust, and follows a similar project in Dalkeith.

The five-year project aims to restore historic properties and make improvements, with small grants available for the repair of eligible buildings on the Main Street and Hunterfield Road.

Archie Pacey, chairman of the Gorebridge Community Development Trust said: “I hope that owners of the eligible buildings in the centre of the town will take advantage of the opportunity and apply for grant aid.

“Gorebridge still has many interesting historic buildings and the Main Street still retains some original features.

“It is important that we do all we can to conserve and enhance the character of the town.”

The scheme will also repair Newbyres Hall and provide construction skills training.

Read more on this in the October 17 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.