The unit’s team of 26 volunteers currently works out of Kelso police station and the garage at the town’s racecourse that houses its three rescue vehicles.
The team have been actively searching for a suitable location and/or premises to build or convert to a base for the last 4 years, and have been carefully managing funds raised to build up a reserve to start off the project.
Plans have been drawn up for a proper garage to accomodate all 3 vehicles plus trailer, equipment storage and drying, toilets, kitchen area and training/meeting room.
Site identified at Kelso’s Pinnaclehill Industrial Estate, close to the Vermilion Dental Practice. The 1,900 sq yd site being eyed up as a potential new rescue base is currently vacant. This would give us:
31/1/19: Change of Use Application for Planning Permission submitted.
9/10/18 Press release in Southern Reporter
23/11/18 Duns Co-op Community Fund raised £5614.08 towards our new base
27/3/19 Planning Application Approved.
30/4/19 Grant of £20,000 awarded by the Robertson Trust
Site identified at Kelso's Pinnaclehill Estate.
Furniture for the new base gathered from SBC School Closures and stored in donated Ladybird Storage Unit in MacMerry, East Lothian
Grant from SBC Localities bid fund of £35,000 secured to help fund the base (cannot be released until the project commences!)
Generous Legacy donation from a lady in Edinburgh of £60,000 significantly boosts our fund.
Offer Submitted subject to Change of Use Permission being granted.
Planning Application has been approved - now working on submitting the Building Warrant.
Grant of £20,000 awarded by the Robertson Trust.
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