Common Good Fund rejects bid for tennis courts cash

The group behind the new tennis courts at Buccleuch Park has had its bid for £7,000 Common Good Fund cash rejected.

The Bill McLaren Foundation hoped to use the money to redevelop the old tennis courts next to the river for sporting and recreational purposes as well as making good the lights for training at the park.

Councillor George Turnbull said he could not support the application because very little financial information had been provided and that the applicant had not explored other funding sources first.

Mr Turnbull said: “I would like to point out once again that Hawick Common Good Fund should be viewed as a last resort and only when every other funding avenue has been explored and exhausted.”

Hawick Reiver’s Festival was awarded £2,000 towards the general running of the event, but several councillors expressed concerns that the fund was being approached annually by organisers and that this was not sustainable.

Interest Link Borders had its request for £2,000 approved. The cash will be used to cover travel and activity costs of befriending groups and links for children and young people with learning disabilities in Hawick.