PLANS to bring the former Stow rail station house back into community use have taken a step forward.

Scottish Borders Council, working with Stow Community Trust, have been given a £156,000 grant towards creating a bistro, bike business, visitor hub and a multi-purpose room.

Councillor Mark Rowley, SBC’s executive member for business and economic development, said: “It is fantastic news that the former Stow Rail Station House will receive this support from the Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.

“A lot of hard work has gone into the project to reach this stage, and more will be required, but with the support of the community and the council I am hopeful we can see a new facility at the Station House open in the near future.

“This is also another example of an opportunity being presented by the Borders Railway, with the proximity of the rail line to the building making it a prime location for people to visit and explore the surrounding area.”

Bob Howarth, vice chairman of Stow Community Trust, added: “To hear of this award is very welcome news. It is a significant step on the way to being able to start to prepare for the refurbishment work and the creation of a vibrant new community facility and quality visitor attraction ready to open in spring 2020.”