Banner policy bid the ‘best way forward’

Local councillors are pushing to allow the display of banners in the town as long as there are no safety risks.

The issue has caused confusion, with Scottish Borders Council’s ban on commercial advertising and hazards leading to the removal of banners – most recently the Hawick Knitwear one which was attached to railings at Tower Knowe.

But following a meeting between the Hawick members and senior roads officers, it has been suggested that the policy is altered.

Councillor George Turnbull told the Hawick News: “It was agreed that the best way forward would be for banners to be accepted, provided they still fit the bill of being no risk to pedestrians or drivers, and if they are for a specific event, with a declared day or date on them.”

General advertising for businesses will still be removed and stored at the council depot, and officers accepted this outcome.

Officials will now put the proposal to council as the policy would need to be applicable to the whole region. It was also emphasised that the A7 was the responsibility of Transport Scotland and Amey with the removal of banners to be carried out by them.