Peebles Community Trust was founded as a development trust in 2013. Since then it has researched and published the Peebles Action Plan and a draft Peebles Town Vision and investigated a range of projects in response to developments in the town, particularly the loss of the largest employer and a huge increase in housing developments that have put a severe strain on educational and health and care resources and facilities.
It operates as an umbrella organisation, responding to and providing administrative assistance to grassroots community enterprises and community-led projects as well as generating initiatives from with its board of six directors and 1,200-strong membership.
In 2019 it completed the purchase of Eshiels Community Wood alongside the River Tweed. It is currently on the verge of completing the purchase of a former ex-servicemen’s club that collapsed into administration in late 2018, which is being converted into a community hub, with a large venue and a base for the Peebles and District Men’s Shed, the town Pipe Band and other community organisations.
It is also in the process of registering a Community Right to Buy on the town centre site of a former woollen mill that closed with the loss of 87 jobs in 2016 with the aim of securing the m ill worker allotments and developing a 24/7 care facility, affordable housing and enterprise and training workshops. Additional projects include a railway heritage centre and an upcycling enterprise.
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Key contact: Alex Wilson