A WRANGLE over who is responsible for the erosion of residents’ land at Lynnwood has taken a new twist, with ownership of the former Slitrig Cauld now shrouded in mystery.
Liddesdale Crescent resident Harry Turnbull (pictured) says the situation facing himself and his neighbours is causing a great deal of “distress” as they battle for help to stop their gardens disappearing into the Slitrig – a problem believed to stem from the breached cauld altering the course of the river.
But with Scottish Borders Council and Buccleuch Estates both washing their hands of the dilapidated structure – Mr Turnbull says residents have hit a brick wall.
He told the Hawick News: “The council are insisting that they do not see the need to do anything as they have not been made aware of any problems by the owners. But asked who owns the cauld they say that they have no idea.”
Mr Turnbull also says he has several items of correspondence which state that Buccleuch Estates owns the cauld, but it has released a statement which says that is no longer the case. He asserted: “If Buccleuch Estates don’t own it, why can’t either them or SBC provide a name and address of the current owners? If I had sold the cauld to someone, I’m fairly certain that I would know the name of the new owners.”
A spokesperson for SBC said: “Thanks for the opportunity to comment but we have nothing to add at this time.”