Swinton’s Village Hall set for a new residential role

Swinton Village Hall
Swinton Village Hall

One of the most striking buildings in Swinton has been placed on the market in the next stage in its constantly evolving community role.

Offers over £85,000 are now being sought by Scottish Borders Council for what was until recently the village hall.

It was built in 1843, originally as a free church, but in the early 1900s its spire was removed and it became Swinton’s village hall.

It is now protected as a Category C listed building, meaning it has been designated as being of local importance, as well as a lesser example of a particular style or architectural period.

Any new owners will find themselves with a large main hall and vestibule, basement and even a viewing gallery on the first floor. The hall is set in a quarter of an acre of land, also up for sale.

Informal meetings with the Planning and Economic Development section of Scottish Borders Council have suggested that sympathetic proposals for converting the building to residential use would be in accordance with current policy.

Meg Reid, former chair of the village hall’s committee, explained that there had been attempts to retain the hall for the use of the community, but an agreement with SNC had not been found.

“There’s dry rot and wet rot, and there’s a tree growing out of the clock face,” she said.

“It’s not exactly the kind of building that you can just stick an extension on. It is protected, and it’s in the conservation area, as well.”

She went on:“It used to hold lots of events, like toddler groups, badminton, and the panto, but now there just isn’t the demand.

“There aren’t very many people in the village, and the younger ones want to go to Berwick or Duns for their entertainment.”

Any planning enquiries should be directed to the Planning and Economic Development Section of Scottish Borders Council.

Offers of over £85,000 should be made to the Head of Legal Services (Resources), Scottish Borders Council, Council Headquarters, Newtown St Boswells, Melrose, TD6 OSA.

Further details of the building area available from Edwin Thompson estate agents, at www.edwin-thompson.co.uk.