Peebles Community Trust (PCT) is established as a not-for-profit Development Trust whose objective is
"A sustainable Peebles - strengthening and improving the community's physical, economic, social and cultural infrastructure"
PCT is managed by a board of directors who are answerable to a membership drawn predominantly from within the boundary of the local Community Council, but also drawing membership from nearby settlements for which Peebles acts as a local centre, including – Manor, Stobo and Lyne; Broughton, Blyth Bridge and Romano Bridge; Lamancha and Eddleston; Cardrona, Innerleithen and Walkerburn.
We are registered as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee with a membership of around 300.
PCT is supported by the Development Trust Association Scotland (DTAS) and Community Land Scotland.
The Trust operates from School Brae Hub, in the centre of Peebles, which it owns and manages on behalf of the community.
Peebles Community Trust is proud to have been a lead partner in the development of the new Eddleston Water Path connecting Eddleston with Peebles which opened in 2023.
In April 2019 PCT acquired this 7 hectare site near Peebles from Forest Enterprise Scotland under the Community Asset Transfer Scheme. It is managed on behalf of PCT by a local volunteer group with the objective of enhancing the landscape, improving biodiversity whilst allowing public access to the woodland.
PCT have successfully led discussions with Whiteburn Projects, the new owners of the March Street Mill site which will now see ownership of the allotments transferred to PCT who will then lease them back to the March Street Allotments Association.
The Peebles Town Action Plan seeks to prioritise actions that the community can support and/or undertake to build a better and more resilient community. Many of us have spent years trying to make our town a better place to live in, work and visit. But our efforts are often hampered by a lack of co-ordination and finance and difficulties in mobilising support. An Action Plan is a way to tackle these challenges. It summarises: what Peebles is like now, how we see the future, the issues that matter most, the main priorities for action.
It’s not a mere wish list; it’s more of a “to-do” list – focus for a community’s efforts and a statement of what local people consider important. It’s a guide to what we as a community want to achieve over the next three to five years. It’s a road map that signposts the way ahead. The Peebles Town Masterplan sets out how the aims and aspirations of the residents of Peebles might be achieved over the next 5 to 20 years. The Masterplan includes:
Vision for Peebles: Principles
Participation - involve the community in all aspects of the town’s development.
Environment – protect the natural environment in and around the town and ensure that any development of the built environment is sustainable and matches the town’s size and character. Health and wellbeing – promote the development of facilities and services which support the health, safety, security and wellbeing of all residents and visitors.
Transport and access – promote environmentally friendly methods of transport, greater connectivity cross the Tweed and support well-managed traffic and parking plans.
Open for business – strengthen the economy of the town by supporting existing businesses and by attracting new businesses to the town.
Tourism – encourage and prioritise developments that enhance the town’s existing and potential tourist attractions and facilities
The Peebles Town Plan is in the process of being updated in 2024.