January start for recycling centre improvements

Councillor Davie Paterson
Councillor Davie Paterson

Construction work to improve the community recycling centre in Mansfield Road will begin on January 5.

The six-figure investment by Scottish Borders Council (SBC) will aim to enhance traffic management at the facility, as well as increase the site’s capacity.

The works will see a one-way traffic flow formed at the facility, keeping the public away from the workings of the site, and reducing the need for the centre to be closed while skips are being emptied.

Councillor Davie Paterson, SBC’s executive member for environmental services, said: “These works will greatly improve the facility for people in Hawick and I look forward to the new-look recycling centre being up and running in 2016.

“In the meantime, the council hopes to keep disruption to a minimum during the works, and will ensure the public are given sufficient notice should the site need to be closed for a period of time.”

A council spokesperson added: “Disruption will be kept to a minimum, with the majority of the works being carried out while the site remains open.

“Any closures that are required will be advertised beforehand on the council’s website – www.scotborders.gov.uk – and its Twitter and Facebook pages, as well as being issued to the local media.”

The improvements are due to be completed by the end of March,