Hawick has many traditional buildings, and as part of the ongoing Hawick Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) a free event is being held next week to help inform property owners how to keep their buildings safe and well maintained.

The traditional building repair and maintenance talk will take place at 7pm on Wednesday 11 March at the auditorium in the Heart of Hawick.

Information will be provided on common problems found in traditional buildings, how these can be addressed, and also advice on how to assess properties and set up regular maintenance programmes.

Colin Gilmour, Hawick CARS Project Officer, said: “A significant element of the Hawick CARS programme is increasing awareness of how to spot property issues at an early stage and also how regular maintenance can stop these arising in the first place. Where buildings are left unchecked and unrepaired there can be serious consequences, not only in terms of the safety of the building but the quality of life of the tenants and increased costs when repairs are finally carried out. This event is an opportunity for property owners in the town to find out more about how they can best check and maintain their properties and also find out about the support that the Hawick CARS programme may be able to provide.”

The event is free to attend and no registration is required. For more information, contact Colin Gilmour on 01835 825563 or email hawickcars@scotborders.gov.uk.

The Hawick CARS programme is funded by Historic Environment Scotland, Scottish Borders Council and South of Scotland Economic Partnership. The £1.5m project will help to conserve and enhance historic town centre buildings, address issues with key priority properties and encourage general repairs to others.