In 1972 the County Council of Peeblesshire, the Planning Authority at that time, proposed the demolition of the whole of “The Bank House” (or “Buchan’s Corner”, as it was popularly known). This was to be part of the Cuddy Bridge widening scheme.
The possibility of losing this important building at the west end of the High Street aroused widespread opposition. The building was highly valued in the community because of its architectural merit and historical association with the Buchan family, especially Walter, John and Anna. In 1973 the Society was borne of the community protest against the scheme, with the intention of creating a local organisation that would seek to protect and enhance the Burgh’s built environment.
The aims of Peebles Civic Society are :
1. To encourage public interest in the past, present and future of Peebles.
2. To encourage the preservation, development and improvement of amenity in and around Peebles.
3. To encourage high standards of architecture and town planning.
4. To promote public participation in planning decisions.
5. To pursue these ends by means of any or all of the following: meetings, exhibitions, lectures, publications, representations to appropriate authorities and other means deemed appropriate by the Committee.
Peebles Civic Society also hold the annual 'Postcards for Peebles' competition - find out more from the society website.
Contact Details :
Please mention that you found us through the 'Royal Burgh' website.
Web : www.peeblescivicsociety.co.uk