The community recycling centre is to close temporarily over the next few weeks to allow for ongoing construction work to take place.
Scottish Borders Council (SBC) is aiming to improve traffic management at the Mansfield Road facility by introducing a one-way traffic flow and to reduce the need for the centre to be closed while skips are being emptied.
The majority of works are being carried out while the site is open, but contractor, SBc Contracts, requires the site to close on the following dates: Monday-Friday, February 15-19; Monday-Friday, February 22-26; Monday-Friday, March 21-25; and Monday-Friday, March 28-April 1.
The two closures in February are to allow drainage issues – previously highlighted by members of the public – to be resolved. The latter closure dates in March will see the recycling centre site linked up with an extension area.
In order to minimise disruption, a reduced level of service will be provided at the recycling centre on the following weekends: Saturday-Sunday, February 20-21 and Saturday-Sunday, March 26-27. There will be restrictions on materials accepted and on the types of vehicles able to use the site during these dates. The centre will accept wood, garden and paper for recycling, and general waste if in bags that can easily be lifted. However, there will also be limited facilities for metal, electrical goods and batteries.
Trailers will not be able to use the sited during this period due to concerns over safety.
An SBC spokesperson said: “We’d ask the public only to use the Hawick site during these weekends if they feel it is essential, and encourage them to use alternative CRCs at Kelso and Galashiels.
“ We’d also remind people that Selkirk’s community recycling centre is closed from this week for 16 weeks to allow for flood protection works.”
SBC’s executive member for environmental services, Councillor David Paterson, told the Hawick News: “The timing of the closures at the recycling centre will make sure the improvements are completed prior to the start of the busy spring and summer seasons.
“We realise these short-term closures will be an inconvenience to the public, but they will result in a greatly-improved facility.”