Community views will help shape Penicuik regeneration project
Local people are being asked for their views to help shape a new heritage regeneration project for Penicuik town centre. The project, which aims to restore buildings, improve streets and pavements and develop new community activities, is being led by Midlothian Council and its partners, Penicuik Community Development Trust and Penicuik First.
Heritage Lottery funding
Earlier this year, the Heritage Lottery Fund awarded Midlothian Council a grant to develop detailed plans for the work, which takes in the High Street and some surrounding streets.
Vision for the town centre
Consultants, Douglas Wheeler Associates Ltd, have been appointed to work with local people to create a vision for the historic core of the town centre and to gather the technical information needed to submit a further funding application to the Heritage Lottery Fund. Austin-Smith:Lord is the architectural firm working as sub consultants for Douglas Wheeler Associates, and they will be in the town centre helping carry out the survey work.
Major project funding
If the second funding application is successful, it will mean an award of up to £1.69 million over 5 years to implement the project from April 2018. It will also release £725,000 of funding from Historic Environment Scotland.
Engaging with the community
The regeneration project will focus on the High Street, The Square, West Street (as far as the South Kirk Hall), Bridge Street (as far as Valleyfield View) and some of the older buildings on the west side of John Street. In the coming weeks, the project consultants will be carrying out external building surveys and may be in contact with some building owners and tenants. They will also be launching an online questionnaire for local people, businesses and visitors as the first step in engaging with the community.
The Penicuik Heritage Regeneration scheme will be similar to recent successful projects in Dalkeith and Gorebridge town centres, and is being seen as a major opportunity to build on the work of Penicuik Community Development Trust and Penicuik First. The community engagement activities being organised by the consultants on behalf of Midlothian Council will also give local people the opportunity to influence and shape the Penicuik project.
If you would like to know more about the regeneration project, contact Elaine Richardson on 0131 271 3465. Email Elaine.Richardson@midlothian.gov.uk or Rod Lugg on 01968 664041. Email Rod.Lugg@midlothian.gov.uk