Concerns over kids at ‘death trap’ factory

Riversdale Mills
Riversdale Mills

Hawick and Denholm Councillor Stuart Marshall is concerned that someone will be seriously injured or killed in the former Woodcock’s premises at Mansfield.

This is not the first time Mr Marshall has highlighted the problem of children playing in the disused building which is also known as Riversdale Mill.

And speaking to the Hawick News this week, he is calling for the building to be boarded up and made safe immediately.

He said: “This one really is a concern as I’ve been contacted by residents in the Mansfield Crescent area who are absolutely fed up with a small handful of youngsters who are targeting this building yet again.

“People are fearing that an accident is waiting to happen and therefore it is important that both the council and the police do all that they can to prevent this from happening.

“The public, too, can play their part by informing the police immediately if they see or suspect anyone causing damage to the building.”

And he added that no one should consider old buidings as playgrounds and is urging parents to make sure their kids are not playing in the old building.

Mr Marshall continued: “Youths have been seen frequently in this former factory and the floors and ceilings are extremely dangerous. There is even a fire extinguisher jammed in the middle of one of the glass window panes which in itself is a hazard.

“I really am concerned that someone will get hurt by playing inside. The entire building is unsafe and yet again I have contacted the council’s enforcement team as well as the police and fire brigade to alert them to the problem.

“With the school summer holidays fast approaching it is vital that we get a message out to parents and children that these buildings are potential death traps and no one should go near them.

“This building should be boarded up and made safe immediately and I appeal to anyone who sees youngsters trying to enter the building or causing damage, to call the police immediately.”

Shortly before going to press, a spokesperson for Scottish Borders Council told the Hawick News: “We are involved with the former Woodcock building and are currently making the windows safe by removing glass and boarding them up under emergency powers.”