Work under way to restore High Street

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RESTORATION works got under way on buildings in Dalkeith’s High Street today.

The Dalkeith Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) and Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) awarded grants to numbers 75, 77, 79-81, 87-89 and 41 High Street.

The properties are priority buildings in the scheme, the character of which will be restored.

The work, which will be completed at the end of April next year, will involve lime mortar being used to re-point and repair stonework, and lead being used in roof and gutter repair.

Councillor Russell Imrie, cabinet member for strategic services at Midlothian Council, said: “As well as the regeneration element, another important part of the Dalkeith THI/CARS is training and education, and the contractors involved in these projects will be encouraged to participate in the training programme.

“There is the opportunity to involve trainees in the repair and restoration of rear boundary walls along the rear of properties along this side of the High Street.”