Plan mooted for new play park in Burnfoot

Councillor Stuart Marshall,  Burnfoot CC chair Michael Grieve, Leighann Rowley and Councillor Watson McAteer
Councillor Stuart Marshall, Burnfoot CC chair Michael Grieve, Leighann Rowley and Councillor Watson McAteer
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Burnfoot mum Leighann Rowley has enlisted the help of local community leaders in her bid to have a children’s play park built in Henderson Road.

And this week, Councillor Stuart Marshall told the Hawick News he’s keen to investigate the plans further.

He said: “This is not the first time that such an idea has been mooted but I do think that this time there is a real willingness to pursue the possibility.

“Whilst I am conscious that there will be many hurdles to overcome in order for us to succeed with this project, all of us, however, are determined to at least see if it is at all possible.”

Fellow SBC councillor Watson McAteer is also behind Ms Rowley’s plans, as is Michael Grieve who heads Burnfoot Communti Council.

Talking this week, Mr Grieve said: “I’m encouraged to see ideas coming from the community.

“Lieghann is very enthusiastic and has put a lot of work into this already.

“While there is still a lot of work to be done, I’m sure that all the parties involved will see the advantages of a play park on this site.”

Mr Marshall went on: “Some of the issues that we will be faced with are landownership, finance, who will be responsible for its upkeep and, of course, it is important that we consult with those who live near to the proposed area.”

Mr Marshall added that Scottish Borders Housing Association has taken an active interest in the project and have agreed to a site meeting in order to move things forward.

Mr Marshall continued: “Last week I received confirmation from the landowners, SBHA, that they are happy to meet with us on site very soon and this meeting will, I am sure, be a deciding factor in how we progress with this project.

“I was very impressed with the enthusiasm that has been shown by Leighann and everyone else, so why not at least explore the idea and see what we can do.”

Ms Rowley said: “It is a lovely space and very much underutilised and would be great for the kids on the estate.”