Paterson hits out at news of change to lochs management

Councillor Davie Paterson

Councillor Davie Paterson

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The management of Williestruther and Acreknowe will be transferred to the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency in 2016.

This was revealed by property officer Frank Scott at Tuesday’s Teviot and Liddesdale Area Forum meeting in the town hall.

Mr Scott told trustees during an item relating to the recent annual inspection of Williestruther and comes less than a week after the official opening of the £30,000 Willistruther project which was spearheaded by Hawick Community Council.

This brought a sharp response from Councillor Davie Paterson who said: “Why do we not know anything about this? I am afraid I am not happy at this at all. These lochs are part of Hawick Common Good fund and they belong to the people of the town. I am not happy that an agency such as this can take over these assets like this. We need to look at the details here and see what this involves.

“I am not prepared to be told this without knowing the detail and I suggest we find out what it is all about as quickly as possible.”

Selkirk fun fair owner Kenny Stuart has made a verbal application to use the Common Haugh again during the Reivers’ Festival next March.

Estates manager James Morison was instructed by councillors to obtain a written application from the showman.