Camper van plan mooted for Common Haugh

LOCAL councillors have been asked to consider allowing camper vans to park overnight in the Common Haugh during the tourist season.

The proposal has been mooted by Hawick Welcome Host chairman Jack Yallop, in a bid to attract more visitors and boost the local economy.

Speaking at a meeting of Teviot and Liddesdale Area Committee this week, he stated: “Every year we have people say they’re staying in Melrose or Kelso because they can park up in the town and come here for a short visit, but I think they could be staying here and spending their money, and going elsewhere for a short visit.”

The suggestion is for camper vans only – not caravans – to go in an area between the disabled parking and school bus zone being a suitable site – which could hold up to ten vehicles and be marked out wth paint.

Mr Yallop stressed it would not be an official site, but was ideally situated with water and toilets nearby – with a proposal for a deposit being given for a key. He added: “They are in the town and will get a lovely view, yet can easily walk and spend money.”

Although fears were raised about policing such a move, local members have lent their backing to the proposal and it was agreed to await further information from SBC’S community venues manager.