A project has been launched to restore an 18th century mill in Carluke.
The High Mill in Chapel Street is one of the oldest buildings in the town and a number of community groups are hoping to come together and restore it.
The project has already attracted a lot of interest and a lunch was held on Tuesday to bring together supporters.
Sir Angus Grossart, whose family have strong roots in Carluke, organised the lunch and it was attended by the project’s supporters from across Scotland, including Kirsty Wark, presenter of BBC Newsnight.
The Carluke Development Trust – along with Carluke Historical Society – are running the project, and Sir Angus says he was very impressed with their plans for the mill.
He said: “I got involved because I was approached and I was very impressed with the quality and the commitment of a number of local charities.
“I have said I will help them and I’ve enlisted a number of other people who are similarly willing to help.
“The idea is that once the mill is restored it could become the focus for community events and the story of Carluke’s history.
“There is a lot of material available, which has been collected in recent decades, about Carluke and the families who lived here.
“Carluke had three Victoria Cross winners. For a small town, that’s quite remarkable.
“There are a lot of people who have gone out to lead interesting lives, who were brought up or educated in Carluke, and whose personal and cultural identity was forged in Carluke.
“This is a chance to restore this building and to put it to use in telling the story of Carluke.
“There is a great deal of public money available for the right project of this type that helps to better a community and improve community engagement.”
The first step will be for the groups to secure money and buy the mill.
Once they have done that they will put together full restoration plans.
As the plans have not been completed there is no way of knowing when the mill’s restoration will be completed. However Sir Angus says it is expected to take a number of years.
Applications for funding will be made to the Heritage Lottery Fund as well as public sources.
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