D-Day looms for ride-out decision

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THE Denholm Feaurs and Householders Council have called a public vote on Wednesday night to decide the future of the Cornet’s ride-out.

Villagers are being invited to have their say in a secret ballot which will seal the fate of the popular event, following angry complaints about anti-social behaviour during last year’s event. Urinating in closes and gardens, broken glass on the green, fighting, threats and a high level of litter were among the problems created by a minority last year when around 3,000 people – from all over the Borders – descended on the village to enjoy the celebrations and sunshine.

But following calls for the ride-out to be banned and several meetings afterwards, all residents are now invited to give a final ruling on whether the day on the Green can go ahead.

Sid Huddart, chairman of the Feuars and Householders committee – responsible for running the rideout – told the Hawick News: “This will be a public meeting and vote to decide yes or no, the village has to decide, and we want as many people as possible to have their say.”

However, Mr Huddart says they will also outline extra precautions due to be put in place to address many of the issues experienced last year. The main stipulations previously raised were for increased toilet provision, a stronger police presence, more volunteers, as well as cars being removed from the Green by 8pm, no gazebos before the day of the rideout, and barriers installed at openings such as the Church and nearby closes.

The chairman commented: “We will be explaining to those who attend about all the new measures we have in place. We have worked very hard over the months and will be getting a lot more support which we hope will help.”

The meeting and vote is due to take place in the main village hall on Wednesday (February 23) at 7pm. Anyone who is house-bound but still wishes to vote can do so by requesting a visit from a committee member.