Caravan park plans put back on the table

Scottish Borders Council has confirmed that there has been renewed interest in developing a caravan site at the rear of Wilton Lodge Park.

A proposal for a site at the park was previously mooted in early 2009, with representatives of the prestigious Camping and Caravanning Club impressed by the location, and all six councillors at that time backing the idea.

Research into costs relating to access, signposting and car parking facilities were also investigated by members of the council’s technical services department.

And later that year, SBC agreed to grant the club a 100-year lease on the land, currently home to Hawick Harlequins RFC.

But nothing more came of it, until last week when the topic briefly resurfaced during a presentation on economic development in the town, at a meeting of the Teviot and Liddesdale Area Forum.

And after being contacted by the Hawick News, a council spokesperson confirmed: “The council land, which is available to let as a tourism opportunity, has been advertised since February this year, and there is interest in it.”

The area is advertised on SBC’s website as a “touring caravan and camping site”, and the proposal is: “To develop a 90-pitch caravan site at the location currently utilised as a sports/playing pitch and training area. Proposal should include amenity, service and reception facilities, operating on a year-round basis.”

Councillor Watson McAteer stated: “We are all interested to hear more and to see what any proposals look like. Hopefully we will be able to learn more soon and help any interested parties to facilitate something for the good of the town.”

The advert says a replacement rugby pitch could be accommodated within the main playing area of the park by reconfiguring its layout.