Much has been happening with the Crook Inn Café proposal over the past 6 months:
- With the help of the Scottish Government and SBC, we have raised sufficient funding to develop the designs for the Café to a Building Warrant stage (see attached floor plan). The Building Warrant Application was submitted to the Council on 18th December 2020
- The Design Team is currently preparing a Tender Package to enable the demolition of the redundant Manager’s House in February or March 2021. This will, in time, be the site for a new Bunkhouse but our first priority is to clear the site
- Before we demolish the Manager’s House we have secured funding to remove/ salvage the slates from the roof and Caithness paving from within the building, which can be re-used in the Café and other projects
- Meanwhile, work continues with the Tender Documentation to enable the appointment of a Main Contractor to develop the Café project and we hope that an appointment will be made in March 2021.
- Progress on the construction of the Café will be dependent on funding being in place by the Spring but we remain hopeful that could be possible
- We are currently working with a specialist consultant to secure a water connection to the Scottish Water Main along the railway embankment, for the Café development. Other surveys have been underway to verify drainage options for the site and to ensure that no wildlife is harmed when the Managers’ House is removed.
Our Heritage Development Officer, Jon Brown, has been co-ordinating a project which will capture a lot of material on the history of Upper Tweeddale in digital archives and make it available on a user-friendly website.
We have also appointed Leslie Mason as Community Development Officer, funded by Investing in Communities. Her main focus is developing footpaths and walks that will be feature, along with the heritage material, on the new Discover Tweedsmuir website.
We have now secured most of the funding needed to go ahead with the Crook Inn Cafe project. We are currently looking at ways to cover the shortfall in capital costs of £62,287.
We have been awarded grants of £67,700 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and £6,750 from the SBC Community Fund to help with the ‘Tweedsmuir Destination Development Project’.
This project will develop walks, signage, an online heritage guide, etc. to make Tweedsmuir a better place to live and to visit.
We will appoint a Heritage Development Officer for 2 days a week until May 2021 who will co-ordinate the development and commission the specialist components and they will take the work already done by TCC working parties on the options for walking, cycling; our heritage in the landscape, history and economy and what should be provided in the Crook Inn Café.
We have received planning permission from Scottish Borders Council to:
- Develop a café in the old stable building and bring in services to the site.
- Demolish the staff quarters and rear flat roofed areas of The Crook Inn.
- Build a bunkhouse on the former staff quarter site.
- Develop a caravan and camping area to the rear of the site.
You can view the plans by visiting the SBC planning website and entering the following reference in the search box: 18/01342/FUL.
We have secured funding from Scottish Government Strengthening Communities Programme which has allowed us to commission Jura Consultants to undertake business planning and applications for development funding and to fund a community development officer to pursue aims of the community.
We are currently waiting on decisions on various applications to:-
- The South of Scotland Economic Partnership (S0SEP).
- Scottish Borders Council Community Fund.
- Investing in Communities Fund.
- Our local wind farms to provide co-funding.