Hopes that Coldstream’s Trafalgar House would finally be brought back into use are starting to fade again.
Every month Councillor John Greenwell contacts the owners, St Phillips Care who also own Lennel House, for an update and reports back to Coldstream & District Community Council. In September last year the developers indicated that the house, which has stood empty for almost 20 years since being closed as a nursing home by Scottish Borders Council, would be developed in stages - the main house first and the proposed houses in the grounds in the second phase.
When an application for a new building warrant was received by Scottish Borders Council at the beginning of the year it seemed a step in the right direction and there were hints that work would start this spring.
Spring is here but nothing has been done at Trafalgar House and Councillor Greenwell’s latest report to the community council was that the company was going through “re-financing which has taken longer than expected”.
There are more complaints to the community council about the state of Trafalgar House than anything else, local people frustrated that it has stood empty since 1997. The B Listed former manse has been on the Historic Environment Buildings at Risk Register since 2009 and the register describes it as in “poor” condition and its risk level as “moderate”.