Burnfoot hub bids gets SBC backing

The former Burnfoot Roadhouse building which could be transformed into a community hub
The former Burnfoot Roadhouse building which could be transformed into a community hub

PLANS to turn the former Burnfoot Roadhouse into a community hub have topped the list of Borders projects to be considered for Scottish Government funding.

It has been announced that an ambitious proposal to purchase the derelict pub and transform it into a hub – conmprising a café, function room, childcare, rental spaces, garden and soft play – has been chosen by Scottish Borders Council as the most deserving of a chance to secure a Scottish Government Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.

The local authority has agreed that a bid will be made for the Burnfoot Community Futures project to win a £440,000 slice of a £20.5million national fund, ahead of the Borders Railway and Galashiels town centre improvements.

And although only the first stage for submissions to the government, the backing of SBC bolsters the community group’s bid for £1.8million from the Big Lottery Fund.

Jan Pringle, a director of the group which has been planning the hub since 2007, said: “It’s fantastic that we have the backing of the council and been picked as the number one choice for the capital grant fund. We’ve just posted our application to the Lottery which is another milestone, so now we have to sit tight. But this latest news will strengthen our bid as it makes it better value for money.”

The Government has indicated that it is looking for projects that focus on areas of deprivation, will deliver transformation, and encourage investment and community involvment.

Stuart Bell, pictured, SBC’s executive member for economic development, commented: “I really hope this is successful as it will launch and develop a community facility, transform an empty building at the heart of Burnfoot, and give a boost to Hawick.”

Local Councillor Stuart Marshall added: “I’m delighted to see Burnfoot top the list. To have the Hub included in this bid will tick many boxes whilst trying to attract serious funding from the Lottery. I’m sure all of us will be keeping our fingers crossed.”