Burnfoot hub’s £100,000 shot in arm

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PLANS to transform the derelict former Burnfoot Roadhouse into a thriving community hub received £100,000 this week.

The cash was agreed by Scottish Borders Council and will act as match funding towards a £1.8million application to the lottery.

The proposed hub, which is being taken forward by the Burnfoot Community Futures Group, would create four full-time jobs and up to ten volunteer posts.

it would include a healthy eating community cafe, childcare facilities with play area, soft play, office and meeting spaces and a multi-purpose room.

Chairman of Burnfoot Community Council, Richard Knight, told the Hawick News: “This will turn an area of the estate which has seen better days into a superb building and facility for all ages of Burnfoot residents and further afield to enjoy for years to come.”

The funding has come as a result of additional resources for the return of police and fire reserves totalling almost £1million, while additional money (£326,000) has been found in an underspend on the council’s balance sheet.

It is hoped the hub project, which has received full planning permission, will begin in April next year and be operational in 2015.

Regarding the latest announcement, local councillor Stuart Marshall said: “I’m delighted by this news. The commitment shown by the council will go along way to further advancing this excellent project.”

From the money it was also agreed to spend £207,000 on drainage improvement projects, which will include the park at Newcastleton.

Councillor Ron Smith said: “This is great news for the village and I hope the funding will bring about a rapid solution to the problems.”