Cash boost for small schemes

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councillors have approved the allocation of more than £9,000 for small schemes around the town.

The projects, which will been funded by the council’s SB Local budget for Teviot and Liddesdale, include £400 on a legal investigation regarding a retaining wall in Weensland Road; £247 on the installation of new gates at Southdean village hall; £593 to upgrade the footpath at the ambulance station; £480 on repairs to the path at Wilton Cemetery; £970 for screen fencing around bottle banks in Henderson Road; £5,000 to install play equipment in Sleepy Valley; and £400 for the special cutting of the top of Hawick Mote for the Common-Riding.

Also part of the SB Local budget is a ringfenced amount of £12,560 for members’ priority schemes. And Councillor Ron Smith revealed that the wish list of jobs members representing Hawick & Hermitage would like to see completed include clearance of the BMX track at the Miller’s Knowes, goalposts on grass beside Longcroft Crescent, possible improvement to frontage at Tower Mill, a second bench for outside the town hall, and the clean-up and enhancement of the banks of the Slitrig in Silver Street.