Our concern is for Perth’s built heritage – but that can include open spaces too.
Not only do we care about old buildings, we try to influence new buildings – the heritage of the future. These are things which define the character of a place.
Old buildings are not only the obvious ones like the Fair Maid’s House,
or St John’s Kirk,
but include domestic buildings like the recently restored tenement at the corner of George Street and High Street.
How Do We Make Our Concerns Known?
New planning applications are examined and comments sent to Perth and Kinross Planning Department. We have meetings with Council Officers about long term proposals and the two councillors on the Executive Committee enable us to have an exchange of views and information.
For many years the Trust has organised a biennial architectural competition, alternating between new buildings and restored buildings. Recent winners are Gillies Furniture Store, Toll House Gardens, Greyfriars Burial Ground and the Nelson Street Housing Development.
We also keep in touch with the Scottish Civic Trust and other amenity groups.
Keeping Members Informed
Apart from the obvious things like our Annual General Meeting, with a speaker, we have organised local wals and outings to places of interest.
There have also been special meetings about topical issues and these are often open to the general public as well as members – so you can bring your friends.
We publish a newsletter twice a year.
Why Does It Matter?
As you go around Perth, look at the buildings you pass. You may get some strange looks if you stand and gaze upwards, but there are interesting details above eye level. Look for carved stonework and window details. There are also things to be seen under your feet, such as tiled shop entrances and iron drainage features. Think about what the street names mean. All these features contribute to to the character of Perth and they could be easily lost if we are not vigilant.
Think about which buildings you would be sorry to lose and which ones are important to you and become a member of the Trust so that we can make our voice stronger.