‘It’s unanimous – the sign goes nowhere’ – Councillor Turnbull

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Plans to have the Heart of Hawick sign moved to avoid a clash with the new 2014 Monument have failed.

The 2014 Initiative were calling for the removal or resiting of the destination sign which it was claimed would detract from the new £100,000 monument and also spoil photo opportunities for tourists.

Speaking to the Hawick News this week, local councillor George Turnbull said: “The destination sign stays put. It is going nowhere. End of story. This was unanimously agreed by the three area representatives.”

Mr Turnbull said further discussions are scheduled to take place regarding lighting but as far as the sign is concerned there is nothing more to say on the matter.

The conflict was first raised at January’s Teviot and Liddesdale Area Forum. Local photographer Lesley Fraser handed out mocked-up images which supported the group’s claims and highlighted the potential clash.

And at that time, Councillor Ron Smith said he would not sanction a move which would cost to council tax payers and this view was supported by councillors Turnbull and Paterson.

And speaking to the Hawick News this week, Lesley Fraser said: “To be honest I am disappointed. But as someone said to me the other day, give it six months and public opinion will will see it moved.”

And she added that a more careful approach needs to be taked with fututre statues.

“The Thomson statue is stuck where no-one can see it and it has the vents at the Burns Club behind it, and the Turnbull artwork in the Civic Space has a rubbish collection area behind it.”

She added: “A lot of money is spent on these works and no consideration is given to what surrounds them or is placed next to them.”

The unveilling ceremony is due to take place on May 15 and preparatory groundwork outside the Textile Towerhouse is due to start on March 31.

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