Marshall’s fears over ‘flying debris’ from derelict mill

Local residents are concerned over masonry and polythene being blown off the former N. Peal mill in Victoria Road.
Local residents are concerned over masonry and polythene being blown off the former N. Peal mill in Victoria Road.
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Councillor Stuart Marshall is sounding a warning over the “shocking state” of the derelict N. Peal knitwear mill in Victoria Road, writes Jason Marshall.

The Hawick and Hermitage member has been fielding calls from local residents concerned over masonry and polythene being blown off the disused factory – and he’s urging Scottish Borders Council to take action.

Mr Marshall said: “This building is in an absolutely shocking state and the recent storms have brought calls once again for the council to make it as safe as possible.

“I’ve been told by townsfolk in nearby Carnarvon Street that debris off the building is being blown all over the place, with some items even landing in their gardens.

“I’ve also been contacted by members of the public regarding a fence that has been badly damaged by flying debris. And with this dangerous building being so near to the Community Hospital and a large car park, I’m afraid the hazards are many.”

A Scottish Borders Council spokesperson said: “The council is aware of the former N. Peal mill building and officers have previously attended the site to make it safe following reports.

“The council will continue to respond as appropriate to any reports of dangerous buildings.”

The Hawick News understands that the company which owns the mill, whose name we’ve been unable to get confirmed, is in the process of going into liquidation.