The construction of the multi-million pound Burnfoot Community Hub is on time and on budget, as the ambitious project reaches the halfway point.
That was the exciting message delivered to around 40 people at Burnfoot Community Futures’ annual general meeting on Saturday afternoon, although it was also heard that more support from residents is required to ensure the £2million centre is a success.
Futures chairman Richard Knight, at the helm of the group which plans to create a vibrant community hub on the estate, said afterwards: “We are very pleased that things are moving along extremely well, and on time and on budget. But we are very keen to have more community members on board to help, and keep, the future bright. Burnfoot Community Futures is for the future of the Burnfoot community, and we need their support.”
Hawick MP Michael Moore, councillors and representatives from the fire service, police and housing associations were in attendance, and heard that Kelso-based builders M&J Ballantyne – the main contractor for the transformation of the former Burnfoot Roadhouse – is midway through a 43-week build.
And as preparations get under way to join the old building with the new one, Mr Knight added: “Things are moving along very well and we need to ensure we have the support of the community and their help to deliver what they have asked us for.”
The Futures group bought the derelict public house from Star Pubs and Bars for £120,000 last year, and its bid to create a hub comprising a café, function room, childcare facility, rental spaces, garden and softplay, won a £1.2million lottery grant.
The building will have a staged completion with the community spaces opening in July, followed by the nursery in August.
Mr Knight added: “We are committed to keep on delivering what the people of Burnfoot have asked us for in the way of more community events, and are also looking for volunteers to help with sub-groups. We also need to get the youth of Burnfoot involved as they are the future and need to be a part of the decision-making.”