Plea to council over industrial estate yet to attract first tenant

Councillor Watson McAteer is urging Scottish Borders Council to be more “aggressive and focused” in its marketing of the vacant Burnfoot South industrial site.

Established in 2011 at a cost of £750,000, the site, offering six plots suitable for manufacturing, retail or storage, is yet to attract its first tenant.

Councillor McAteer said: “This site has been on the market for five years, and we have yet to see any real progress.

“On my most recent visit, I found it being used to store a skip full of rubbish – hardly a ringing endorsement for prime industrial land.

“We were told that the 2014 extension to assisted area status in Hawick would help unlock the potential for this area, but, as far as I’m aware, not one extra penny has found its way to Hawick.

“I want to see the council push more aggressive and focused marketing to attract business to this site.”

A council spokesman said: “A number of inquiries have been received since the estate was completed, and the council will continue to market the estate, which is an important investment in Hawick.”

“The availability of new sites in the estate has been marketed nationally in commercial property magazines and via the council’s website.”