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Peebles Community Trust

Peebles Community Trust (PCT) is a development trust founded 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 has severely strained educational and health and care resources.

PCT is an umbrella organisation that provides admin help to grassroots community enterprises and community-led projects as well as generating initiatives from within its board of seven directors and 1,200-strong membership.

In 2019 PCT completed the purchase of Eshiels Community Wood alongside the River Tweed. In 2020 it bought out of administration a former ex-servicemen’s club to create a community hub, with a large venue and a base for the Peebles and District Men’s Shed, the town’s Pipe Band and other community organisations. While fundraising for this ambitious project, we manage a Reuse Hub project and house the Peebles and District Men’s Shed and storage for the Tweeddaler Peace and Justice Group.

We have also secured a 25-year lease of the only remaining railway building in the town in order to develop a heritage project.

PCT volunteers manage the multi-use railway path alongside the river Tweed between Peebles and Walkerburn and is the administrative body for the Eddleston Water Path, an extension of the multi -use path to just north of the village of Eddleston.