South Scotland

Peebles Chambers Institution centre officially opened

Chambers Institution opening
Image caption The new centre was officially opened this week by the Lord Lieutenant of Tweeddale

The chairman of the trust in charge of a historic building in the Borders says an overhaul has given it "new life".

A new joint council and VisitScotland contact centre at the Chambers Institution in Peebles was officially opened this week.

Trust chairman Neil Calvert said the works which had been carried out had helped to "revitalise" the site.

Councillor Michael Cook said it was a "model" for how public services could share accommodation.

The High Street building was left to the town in the 19th Century by publisher William Chambers.

Upgrade works were completed earlier this year and the building was officially opened on Thursday by Capt David Younger, Lord Lieutenant of Tweeddale.

The new building is also home to the area's Citizens Advice Bureau.

Its chairman Andy Crawley said his volunteers and staff "could not be more delighted" with the facilities.

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