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Regeneration for Selkirk's Sir Walter Scott courthouse

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A courthouse where Sir Walter Scott dispensed justice could be redeveloped to house a library and contact centre.

The landmark building in Selkirk is at the centre of a project to improve the "vitality and vibrancy" of the town centre, according to local councillors.

The local authority has also acquired the Cross Keys pub and a home next to the court house which will be part of the development.

A consultation event will be held at the end of March.

In a joint statement the three Selkirkshire councillors Michelle Ballantyne, Vicky Davidson and Gordon Edgar said the acquisition of additional buildings had opened up the potential of the redevelopment of the Sir Walter Scott Courthouse.

They said it could attract more visitors to the town.

They added: "The courthouse is an A-listed building and this project is about enhancing the building and making it work for the town. That is why it is important that the community is involved from the outset in feeding in to the development options available."

They said the first phase of public consultation will help drive forward the creation of a business case which will in turn assist with bids for external funding for the project.

Drop in consultation sessions for people including local businesses and community groups will be held at the Cross Keys regeneration hub on 26 March and 31 March.

Historic Scotland awarded £750,000 to the scheme in 2013 while the council committed £450,000 to the project.

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