Councillors meet SBC top brass to discuss Hawick

Councillor Watson McAteer
Councillor Watson McAteer

Hawick and Denholm councillors Watson McAteer and Stuart Marshall met with top SBC officials David Cressey and his deputy Bryan McGrath this week to discuss opportunities and developments affecting Hawick.

The pair raised several concerns and have had assurances that commercial discussions relating to Hawick are ongoing.

Councillor McAteer said: “We had a very positive and encouraging meeting with David Cressey and Bryan McGrath.

“We discussed the support the council were providing to Future Hawick and how the arrival of the railway to Galashiels and Tweedbank could benefit Hawick and our local community.”

Mr McAteer added: “While we were disappointed that they had no immediate plans to appoint a town centre coordinator, they did listen to our arguments and we will keep this on the agenda.”

Councillor Marshall said: “These council officers made themselves available at short notice and we discussed the need to capitalise on all opportunities for Hawick.

“They will continue to seek new opportunities for the Burnfoot South Business Park and we have asked to
be kept informed of progress.

“The officers explained that sensitive commercial discussions impacting Hawick were ongoing.”

The councillors have arranged to have regular meetings with these senior council officers to remain fully briefed and informed.