Protecting old buildings

The proposal to demolish the “eyesore” in Jedburgh conservation area (the scaffolding-clad High Street building referred to in TheSouthern of January 6) sounds like a sad failure of will, especially in a historic town seeking to preserve the uniqueness which attracts tourist visitors on which many local businesses depend.

Obviously an old street loses its traditional character when the demolition crew moves in. Naturally, old buildings can suffer from the ravages of time which is why conservation areas were created to protect them.

Old buildings have a pleasing harmony with their neighbours which only time can give. In a conservation area the sore thumb modern intrusion is the real eyesore.

Douglas Hunter