Concerns expressed over new market operator

The market is yet to undergo any real change since the Geraud takeover.
The market is yet to undergo any real change since the Geraud takeover.

Councillors Stuart Marshall and Watson McAteer are concerned that the new Saturday market operator hasn’t provided the new lease of life the facility needs.

Speaking this week, Mr McAteer said he’d hoped the new operator would reinvigorate the market but, as yet, it hasn’t happened.

The councillor said: “While optimism for the success of the new Saturday market remains, early indications are less convincing.”

Both councillors have been monitoring progress in the Common Haugh over the past four weekends.

Councillor Marshall added: “Very little has changed in the Haugh during the past month with the collection of the traders’ rental fees by Geraud rather than Hawick Common Good being the only obvious difference. I had expected to see a reinvigorated approach.”

Councillor McAteer added: “We have asked officers at Scottish Borders Council to contact Geraud’s to seek reassurance that what was promised will
be in place in the next week or so. “

Mr McAteer continued: “At the moment Hawick folk and visitors can justifiably question the wisdom of an arrangement where fees are being paid for little or no return. This needs to be fixed quickly or a review of the contract will need to be considered.”

The Hawick News were
unable to contact the new operator.