Urgent action demanded as safety concerns grow at derelict garages

Residents Bill Young, George Logan and Shiela Whillans (far right) join Councillor Stuart Marshall and community councillors Ian Middlemass and Ann Knight at the derelict garages at the back of McLagan Drive
Residents Bill Young, George Logan and Shiela Whillans (far right) join Councillor Stuart Marshall and community councillors Ian Middlemass and Ann Knight at the derelict garages at the back of McLagan Drive
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FEARS are growing that dilapidated garages at the rear of McLagan Drive are becoming dangerous.

And as the area becomes increasingly popular with youngsters a call has been made to address the problem before someone is seriously hurt.

The Burnfoot lock-ups have fallen into a state of disrepair after an ownership wrangle between Scottish Borders Council (SBC) and Scottish Borders Housing Association (SBHA).

It has been established that the site is owned by SBHA although they are currently trying to confirm who the garages belong to.

A spokesperson told the Hawick News: “The Association plan to work with SBC and where required notices will be served and garages which are derelict demolished.”

The matter is being pursued by Burnfoot Community Council and local member Stuart Marshall.

Community council secretary Ian Middlemass said the situation has been allowed to go on for too long.

“How can the council ask the residents to look after their property and take pride in the scheme if the landlord doesn’t?” he said.

“Even after they have been informed that this is a dangerous area and there is bound to be an accident or worse, they still haven’t taken any action. They should be embarrassed.”

Councillor Marshall revealed he has been in contact with the local authority’s enforcement team to see if they can intervene.

He said: “Some of these garages have no roofs and large pieces of masonry are now falling from them. The remaining structures have become very weak through years of neglect. Residents fear that it won’t be long before a youngster is hurt playing near them.”

To compound the problem, residents have also expressed concerns over the road, which gives access into the garages and the Kenilworth Road shops.

Bill Young, of Burnfoot Road, said: “Nobody wants to do anything about it. The road surface is falling to bits and it’s a mess.”

SBHA confirmed that work has been instructed to fill-in any pot holes.