Town clean-up brings lack of bins into sharp focus

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I have lived in and around Burnfoot for the last 16 years and often moan to my local councillor about the mess on the estate, so reading about the town clean-up on Sunday I decided to get off my backside and do something about it.

Along with Councillors Watson McAteer and Stuart Marshall and Mr Marshall’s young son Euan, we litter-picked the Waverley Walk behind Barrie Knitwear and the industrial estate which contains Screwfix and Howdens etc.

In this area, which can be no more than 500 metres long, we collected approximately 15-18 black bags of rubbish in just under two hours and this hardly scratched the surface of the problem. Also, while doing so, it quickly became apparent that there is a distinct dearth of litter bins.

The Waverley Walk is very popular with many townsfolk and if this area lacks litter bins I wonder about other places in the town.

It was nice to see all three councillors from the Hawick and Denholm ward take part in the clean-up, however, their counterparts from the Hawick and Hermitage ward were notable by their absence.

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