Cash for village petrol station

A Newcastleton community trust is to get more than £51,000 to purchase and transform a disused filling station.

The money is from the Scottish Land Fund which has just announced grants to help seven enterprising communities throughout Scotland to take ownership of local land that matters most to them.

Other inspirational projects receiving a share of the £860,000 funding include the purchase of a former steelworks to create a community hub and the buyout of a remote island crofting community.

Newcastleton and District Community Trust will use its £51,397 award to take forward plans to purchase the site of a rundown disused garage and forecourt, and develop it as a community-owned fuel filling station.

Trust chairman Steven Hartley commented: “The prospect of having fuel again in our village is very exciting and will bring a huge economic boost to all as our local traders and retailers have seen declines in spend as everyone has to travel to get fuel.”