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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Early opportunity to buy new Riverside restaurant

ABOUT a year ago there was significant coverage in your pages concerning our application to convert the former Riverside Inn, Canonbie into residential apartments and a bistro/restaurant.It was a very pleasing and encouraging sight to see Josh Adamson and his brother Marcus from Tigh Na Bruigh, Forgebraehead, Canonbie, energetically shovelling snow from the Stony Brae, the steep path which leads down into the village and thus making it safe for all to use.MAY I remind members of the Royal British Legion Scotland, Langholm branch, that memberships are now due.

As it is likely to be of interest to the community, I thought I would provide an update on progress.

During the past year we have done some maintenance work to the outside of the building, felling dangerous trees and building a necessary retaining wall.

However, although our planning application was fully approved, it was still necessary to obtain a building warrant to commence internal works. This time-consuming process was complicated by the fact that the building is to be of mixed residential/commercial use and subject to a broad range of regulations.

I am pleased to report that we have now submitted our final application for the warrant and anticipate no further issues. We intend, therefore, soon to commence work on the conversion.

The work involves the creation of four apartments and the restaurant. It is not this company’s intention to operate the restaurant but to seek a suitable buyer.

We believe the new premises will have the capability to be run as a café/tea-room during the day and a licensed restaurant in the evening and would encourage any local person(s) who may be interested in such a business opportunity to contact the undersigned.

We are early enough in the process for any interested party to have some input into the layout, fitting-out and décor.

Given the right owner/operator, this new restaurant could serve both the community and bring more visitors to the village.

If anyone has any questions on any aspect of the project, I would be happy to provide further information. Please contact me by email on canonbieriverside@btinternet.com.

Paul Cheesmond


Canonbie Riverside Ltd

At a time when the young do not always get much credit for their efforts, it is good to report on such a positive example of kindness and good citizenship.

Dr John A Packer

Maitland House


Membership may be paid to the bar steward at the Legion club or any committee member.

W A Scott


Langholm Branch


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