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Tourism boost for Scottish Borders' abbeys

Melrose Abbey Credit: PA

There has been a six percent increase in footfall at historic abbeys in the Scottish Borders.

Over the last 11 months a record-breaking four million people have visited historical sites across Scotland.

Together Melrose, Jedburgh and Dryburgh Abbeys welcomed more than 90,000 visitors, an increase of six percent on the same period last year.

Top of the trio of historic staffed attractions in the Scottish Borders was the medieval Melrose Abbey, which saw footfall increase to 49,566, a jump of around eight percent year-on-year.

That makes it the tenth most visited staffed attraction in Scotland.

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Borders groups invited to buy public property

Scottish Borders Council. Credit: Scottish Borders Council.

Communities in the Scottish Borders are being invited to take ownership of public property.

Under the new Asset Transfer section of the Community Empowerment Act, which came into force on Monday 23 January 2017, community groups can request to buy, lease or use any estates, land or buildings owned by Scottish Borders Council (SBC), NHS Borders or Police Scotland.

Community groups have been doing this for years, and successful examples include the long term leases of Chirnside Community Centre and Melrose Waverley Tennis Club.

However, the council is stressing that it is important groups have a sound business plan and the support of the local community as well as the funding needed.

More information will be available at the following meetings:

  • Newcastleton, Village Hall (Wednesday 22 February)
  • Eyemouth, Hippodrome (Monday 27 February)
  • Duns, Council Chamber (Tuesday 28 February)
  • Hawick, Town Hall (Wednesday 1 March)
  • Kelso, Tait Hall (Tuesday 7 March)
  • Peebles, Burgh Hall (Wednesday 8 March)
  • Selkirk, Victoria Hall (Thursday 9 March)
  • Jedburgh, Town Hall (Monday 13 March)
  • Galashiels, Transport Interchange (Thursday 16 March)
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