Funding boost for Sir Walter Scott Courthouse works

Weather vane with a view of Selkirk buildings below

Published: Friday, 8th June 2018

An additional £131,000 has been provided to allow further renovations of the Sir Walter Scott Courthouse to take place.

Funding

The funding is made up of £71,000 from the Selkirk Common Good and £60,000 from us. It will safeguard the Courthouse - where Sir Walter Scott dispensed justice to the people of Selkirkshire in the early 19th century – for many years to come.

The initial remit of the project – which is the centre piece of the £1million Selkirk CARS - focussed on the Courthouse’s steeple.

This included:

  • repairs to the weather vane
  • refurbishing the clock faces
  • repairing as much high level defective stonework as possible within the Selkirk CARS budget

Additional works will be carried out thanks to the extra funding, with the project expected to now run until August.

Access during the works

The Courthouse will be available for Selkirk Common Riding Day but due to the works, the back doors will operate as the main entrance.

Pedestrian access is being maintained throughout the works, which has been co-ordinated with the ongoing Selkirk Streetscape Scheme..

Improvements

The £450,000 scheme has provided huge improvements to the town centre. There have also been additional community benefits, with contractor SBContracts donating a number of old pavement slabs to the Incorporation of Hammermen to use on a community project.

Gordon Edgar, Caroline Penman and Elaine Thornton-Nicol, Selkirkshire Councillors

“We are delighted to provide additional funding through the Common Good Fund to help ensure the longevity of the iconic Sir Walter Scott Courthouse.

“We realise this extension of the project has an impact on the Common Riding for this year, but we hope Souters will understand the importance of carrying out further repairs to the prominent town centre building.

“Alongside the streetscape works which are all but complete, Selkirk town centre will be transformed into an attractive destination for visitors and locals able to host events and markets.

“It is also pleasing to hear that the old pavement slabs from the town centre will be recycled for use by the Incorporation of Hammermen.

“There are information boards available on the Sir Walter Scott Courthouse project in the Courthouse Coffee Shop, which remains open alongside all other town centre shops during the works.”

Further Information

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Selkirk Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS)

CARS is a partnership project developed along with the community-based Selkirk CARS Steering Group.

Selkirk CARS is focused on a range of heritage and conservation-based regeneration activities within the town centre over a five year period.

The project has an overall budget of just over £1million, funded by Historic Scotland (£795,000) and us (£215,000).