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One of the key aims of the Dalkeith THI and CARS is to engage with the local community and to promote an awareness and understanding of Dalkeith’s unique heritage ...

Another project carried out last summer was a video produced by the Dalkeith Youth Forum which focused on the state of the town centre and involved interviewing visitors, shoppers, traders and others to gain their views of Dalkeith and views about how the town could be improved.  This has been shown to a number of different groups in the town and has generated a great deal of interest.

The young people who produced the video are: Sarah Kennedy, Callum Kennedy, Ashley Briggs, Jackie Hay and Catherine Wyse.

Last summer the Partnership supported the work carried out by a “Back to Work Group” through Midlothian Training Services.  Their project included looking at the possibility of a Heritage Trail for the town centre.  They produced an exhibition and presentation after carrying out a consultation exercise with local people.

Elizabeth Moffat, one of the group members has helped to set up the Dalkeith Heritage Trail Group which is now meeting to develop the project further.

Members of the group included: Elizabeth Moffat, Jacqueline Steven, Angela Johnstone, Leanne Green and Elizabeth Adams

A Shopfront Design Guide for Dalkeith will be launched by the Partnership on 29th March at 5.30pm in Midlothian Council Chamber.

You can now view the programme of events for the week, guided walks, presentations and exhibitions.

Telford College in Edinburgh has been appointed as the training provider for the scheme and a programme is being developed to provide seminars and workshops on aspects of historic building repair and restoration techniques.  These will be aimed at:

  • Building professionals i.e. architects and surveyors
  • Contractors
  • Building owners
  • The wider local community

Discussions are ongoing with a number of owners/tenants of priority buildings and their professional advisers with the aim of bringing schemes forward for grant aid.

Applications have been submitted for WH Smith, 1-3 Musselburgh Road and 83 and 87 High Street and further information has been requested to be able to determine the applications.

The steering group was set up to enable the THI/CARS project to engage with the wider community in Dalkeith, to report on progress, gain feedback and to encourage participation and suggestions for improvements, projects and raising awareness of the heritage of the town.

The enhancement scheme started on 10th February for a 20 week contract and work is underway to narrow the carriageway, widen the footpaths with new Yorkstone paving and provide car and service layby areas with granite setts and resurfacing the highway.  New street furniture will also be provided.

The main contractor is Crummock, a local firm and they are working with the traders to keep disruption to a minimum, allowing access and servicing for shops.

Doors open day , 10th September was a great success. The Corn Exchange in Dalkeith was open and 400 people came in to see the fanastic space inside. Many people expressed concern about the future of the building and were keen to see some kind of community use provided in the building. Telford College set up three demonstration  areas so that visitors could see examples of slate roofing, moulding and plaster work and stone carving.The THI/CARS exhibition was put up and the Dalkeith Shopfront Design Guide provided a popular document with many people taking a copy .

The Cross Keys was also open and proved very popular ,about 300 people visited the building and were able to see plans and illustrations of the proposed conversion and restoration to commercial use on the ground floor with flats above and a new extension at the rear.

 Photos of the Telford College demonstration area in the Corn Exchange and the THI/CARS exhibition as part of Doors Open Day.

P1010380          P1010396          P1010392         P1010385  Inside the Cross Keys Hotel, one of the upper floor rooms.