Published: Wednesday, 28th June 2017
Following a successful bid for funding earlier this year, the Jedburgh Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) has been launched in the town.
The £1.3m project, funded by ourselves, Historic Environment Scotland’s CARS programme and private sector contributions, will support town centre conservation and regeneration activity over the next five years.
We have been working closely with key community groups in Jedburgh for some time on the proposal, and a bid for CARS funding was approved by Historic Environment Scotland in February.
The significant funds available for Jedburgh CARS will enable a targeted approach for conservation-based building repairs as well as a wide range of training, heritage and education activities.
Six properties have been identified as Priority Repair Projects for CARS funding in the town centre, including the Category A listed Port House building owned by Jedburgh Community Trust.
A traditional building repair grant scheme will also operate in the town with applications for traditional building repairs accepted in a series of rounds.
Councillor Mark Rowley, Executive Member for Business and Economic Development
“This really is about much more than just some building work. As has been seen in Kelso and Selkirk, CARS funding can make a very positive impact on the town and community and I look forward to Jedburgh reaping the rewards too.”
A full time project officer will be appointed and a steering group formed including community members.
Jedburgh and District ward members Councillors Jim Brown, Scott Hamilton and Sandy Scott
“The formal launch of this project marks the start of a five year project which we hope will help restore and protect some of the town’s key historic buildings and revitalise the centre of what is one of the gateway towns to Scotland.
“The community has been involved throughout the process to date and their ongoing contributions over the course of the scheme will be key to ensuring its success.”
Success of similar schemes
The Kelso Townscape Heritage Initiative (partly funded by CARS) won a national planning award and delivered improvements to eight priority buildings, along with repairs to over 30 traditional buildings. A £2m streetscape scheme was also completed, along with the gap site development of business space and a school education programme.
The ongoing Selkirk CARS programme is also aimed at delivering enhancements to the town centre, including building repairs and streetscape works, and has included an ongoing skills training programme.