THE future of the Chambers Institution in Peebles is soon to be the subject of discussions.

And proposals to brighten up the Burgh Hall will be high on the agenda.

The Chambers Institution Trust will meet for the first time since Scottish Borders Council voted earlier this year to retake control once more of the historic buildings.

Problems with achieving charitable status led to a change of direction for the Trust - and the resignation of non-councillor trustees.

But the local councillors who now make up the body remain optimistic that ambitious plans, which include a complete refurbishment of the Burgh Hall with large glass panels inserted into the rear wall, relocation of the kitchen facilities, and the removal of the false ceiling, will come to fruition.

The meeting is expected to build on the partnership between the trustees and Scottish Historic Buildings Trust. Local Councillor Catriona Bhatia said: “The plans for the Chambers Institution have been well received so far and we now need to establish the best way forward with the help of the Scottish Historic Buildings Trust.

“We will need to implement a consultation process as well as look at external funding options.

“I think everyone is in agreement that the Chambers Institution needs improvement work - especially the Burgh Hall.” The Chambers Institution was gifted to Peeblesshire in 1857 by Dr William Chambers. It currently houses the town’s museum, library and council contact centre. Una Richards, who is a director with the SHBT, will discuss future plans for the building at Monday’s meeting.

The Scottish Historic Buildings Trust have already been involved with the Haining in Selkirk and Greenlaw Town Hall, and they are expected to take a lead role in the consultation.