Launch Presentation

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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 ...

27th March - 2nd April

launch-2The launch on the 29th went very well at Midlothian Council's Chamber. 40 people attended and many were traders in the High Street. The presentations were well received and there was general support for the principles in the guide.

88 people visited the exhibitions in Dalkeith library over the course of the week and a number of issues and questions were raised i.e.

  • The current improvement work in the High Street is causing disruption
  • Current state of the economy is affecting the High Street with a down turn in trade
  • Need to tackle car parking problems in the town centre
  • The grant for shop front improvement is a good idea but traders still have to find 25% of the cost.
  • Obtaining the necessary expertise and skill in joinery and design for shop front improvement may be a problem
  • Out of town shopping is taking trade away from the High Street

37 people attended the presentations given by Richard Cartwright and Rae McGhee (30th March), Lesley Porteous and Lindsay Lennie (31st March) and 22 people attended the guided walks hosted by local historians Rae McGhee and Norman Brett.

History quiz winner Norman Brett and runner up Donald Marshall with Rae Mcghee, local historian.On the evening of the 30th March after Richard and Rae's talk a history quiz was held.  The winner of the quiz was Norman Brett who received a book token, bottle of wine and a packet of "Dalkeith sausages". The runner up was Donald Marshall who received a book token and a box of toffees.

What's next?

Following the launch and the questions raised by the traders, it is proposed that some training and assistance is given to the traders on shop front display and marketing.

The Midlothian Advertiser is running a best kept shop front competition to stimulate interest and will feature a couple of businesses in the High Street that are proposing to improve their shop fronts.