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. Also this year, PCT secured a 25-year lease of the only remaining railway building in the town in order to develop a heritage project.
In addition, 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.
PCT have also been granted a Community Right to Buy on the 5.5 acre former March St Mill site.
The Old Manse,
Key contact: Alex Wilson