Checking buildings high up can save money and lives

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Selkirk Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (CARS) is encouraging building owners to carry out high level checks of their buildings - which could save money or even someone’s life.

CARS has undertaken high level surveys of key properties in the Market Place, to determine the extent of likely fabric repairs.

Colin Gilmour, Selkirk CARS Project Officer, advised that, while most owners regularly inspect and repair the accessible parts of their property, it’s vital not to ignore the inaccessible parts, like roofs and chimneys, before defects become expensive and dangerous.

Mr Gilmour said: “The old adage of a stitch in time saves nine is spot on when talking about traditional building maintenance, ensuring that minor problems do not develop into major repairs. Buildings within the Selkirk CARS boundary may be eligible for a grant of up to £15,000 to help with traditional repair works. The cost of regular maintenance checks need not break the bank, with much of the investigation and, indeed, minor repairs possible from a simple access platform. Costs can also be shared by property owners.”

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