Forum gives green light for Common Haugh CCTV cash

CCTV cameras are to be installed at the Common Haugh after £7,900 funding for the project was approved at Tuesday night’s Teviot and Liddesdale Area Forum, writes Jason Marshall.

Hawick and Denholm councillors, Stuart Marshall and Watson McAteer, have been pushing for the safety and security measures following numerous complaints about erratic and speeding motorists at the Haugh and in Langlands Road.

And the local members hope that the new cameras, which have been secured through Scottish Borders Council’s Neighbourhood Small Schemes fund, will act as a “deterrent”to antisocial drivers, while also providing “enhanced security” to motorhome owners.

Councillor McAteer said: “I’m delighted that Stuart and I have secured funding from our small schemes budget to install a public CCTV system in the Common Haugh. This will help the police to act on reports of antisocial driving and identify those responsible.

“In addition, it will provide enhanced security and reassurance for the motorhomes and other travelling visitors to our town.”

Councillor Marshall added: “Watson and I have received regular reports from community representatives regarding dangerous driving in the Haugh, and the CCTV system should act as a deterrent and increase safety for those that use the Haugh. It will also aid the police should further reports of bad driving be received.”