AN “ICONIC” building in a Borders town has received a funding boost to help bring it back into use.

The old bakery building in Jedburgh is currently in “poor condition”.

The former bakery is part of the town’s category A listed Port House – bought by the Jedburgh Community Trust (JCT) in 2010.

Now, South of Scotland Enterprise (SOSE) has pledged £25,000 of funding to support the JCT with its ongoing regeneration of the site.

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Len Wyse, chairman of the JCT board, said: “Trust members are looking forward to reaching the end of the first phase of development of the Port House complex and moving on to the next part of the project.

“It is great to have support from SOSE to explore options for the bakery – it is a great space with lots of potential and we will be consulting with individuals and groups in Jedburgh to develop a plan for a creative and sustainable future for the building.”

The bakery is currently undergoing major renovation work, according to an SOSE spokesperson, with the project scheduled to be completed by November.

The new funding from SOSE will help with external repair work on the bakery, as well enabling a feasibility study to be progressed, the spokesperson added.

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“JCT plan to explore options for the building’s open plan interior, which could be used in a variety of creative ways,” the SOSE spokesperson said. “The trust is also keen to seek the community’s view for potential opportunities and uses.

“Its aim is to develop an offer, which will help to stimulate the town centre and the local economy.”

Julie Hogg, one of SOSE’s community development specialists who worked with the trust, added: “SOSE is delighted to be working with Jedburgh Community Trust on this important project at the Port House complex.

“The work of the trustees to date has been very ambitious, committed and positive. We are keen to work with the local community, businesses and partners to support the regeneration of Jedburgh town centre, with the Port House playing an integral role in its development.”