Hawick Town Hall lockout sparks call for meeting to tackle problem

Clair Ramage was among the councillors locked out of Hawick Town Hall this week.
Clair Ramage was among the councillors locked out of Hawick Town Hall this week.

A showdown meeting with Live Borders has been called for after councillors were left out in the rain this week.

Elected members turning up for a meeting of Scottish Borders Council’s Teviot and Liddesdale area locality committee found themselves locked out of Hawick Town Hall on Tuesday night.

It was 10 minutes before a representative of Live Borders, the trust responsible for the premises, let them in.

Earlier this year, youngsters were left stuck inside – rather than outside – the same premises after it was locked during a youth event.

Hawick and Hermitage councillor Davie Paterson wants a meeting with Live Borders to resolve the problem, saying: “This situation cannot be allowed to continue. I am sick fed up of this happening.”