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Peebles are being built and sold for over £125,000 - prices beyond the dreams of the average Peeblean. Hopefully, there still exists a pragmatism common to most Border Scots which rejects the most irrational excesses of the new culture. Nonetheless, we must bear in mind that the creeping South-East of England syndrome may damage the fabric of our society, both in bricks and mortar and, more importantly, lifestyle. We must remember the historic scale and inherent quality of Peebles as a town. Already the developed villas intrude in the douce townscape.

Footnotes:

1
Bulloch, J. P. B. (ed), Third Statistical Account of Peeblesshire:The Counties
  of Peebles and Selkirk (Glasgow 1964) p165
2 Peebles Town Council Minutes, 1949
3 Census returns of 1961
4 Chambers, W. M., History of Peeblesshire (Edinburgh, 1864) p49
5 Ibid, p84
6 Donaldson, Gordon, Scotland(London, 1974) pp144-6
7 Ibid, p142
8 Census statistics (1984)
9 Ibid (1981)
10 Brochure, Eildon Housing (1989)
11 Brochure, Margaret Blackwood Housing (1980)
12 Information gleaned from Hanover Housing, 1989
13 Brochure, McCarthy & Stone (1988)
14 Information gleaned from Hanover Housing, 1978

 

 

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