MP voices concern over through-traffic proposal for town centre roads


MR DAVID Steel, MP, who is becoming increasingly concerned at the way in which the planners are proposing to continue routing through traffic right through the middle of the Border towns, is to raise the general question of bypasses for the Border burghs in the House of Commons.

THE Town Council are to hire a security guard to patrol the Lynnwood housing scheme in an attempt to combat vandalism. This was stated by housing manager, Mr A. MacCallum, when he presented a report on the subject at the Town Council meeting in the Burgh Chambers on Tuesday night. Mr MacCallum said consideration had been given to methods of combating the increased vandalism occuring throughout the town. It was not possible for the police to patrol areas constantly and it was proposed to employ a security firm to do that.

DENSE fog spoilt sport on the popular New Year’s Day meet at Saughtree and part of the large crowd were fortunate to see hounds kill a fox on the roadside at Riccarton.


THE old-established High Street firm of outfitters, W.S. Robertson Ltd., is to close and the eight full- or part-time employees paid off. A spokesman for the firm said: “It is with regret that the directors announced the closure of their Hawick shop.”

THE Community Council are to write to the Region roads department pointing out that two dangerous potholes in Langlands Road need urgent repair. Following a claim by Mr R. Hill, roads director, that all roads are regularly inspected for damage, the Community Council want to know why the holes have been untouched for so long.

AN ENTERTAINMENTS shop, with gaming machines giving cash prizes, might yet open in the town’s main street. At the District Council meeting in the Council Chambers on Monday, memebers learned that since they had rejected a request by Mr T. Miller, Teviotdale Lodge Hotel, to open the shop at 4 Oliver Place, he had appealed against the decision and lodged a planning application at the Regional Council for change of use to entertainments shop.


SCOTTISH golfing hero, Sandy Lyle, who recently signed a five-year clothing contract with knitwear manufacturers Lyle & Scott, visited the Liddesdale Road factory yesterday morning, accompanied by his wife Yolande.

ALMOST 1,800 workers employed by Hawick-based Pringle of Scotland are to be balloted on a four per cent pay offer which management say is final.

IF THE historic Dangerfield Mill in Commercial Road is not saved and converted into a proposed working textile museum, future generations will blame the town’s civic fathers for an opportunity missed.

That was the claim of Community Councillor Charlie Douglas at the Community Council meeting in the Council Chamber on Tuesday night.

He said Hawick had 200 years of history in the knitwear and textile industry and it would be a serious mistake if the Dangerfield opportunity was lost.

Whatever Councillors might say just now about lack of money, they would in future be blamed for allowing the project to slip away.


A FARMHOUSE owned by Hawick Common Good Fund is set to undergo an £80,000 facelift.

St Leonard’s Farm –which is situated on the outskirts of the town near the racecourse – had been tenanted since the 1970s by a local farmer. And when the property became vacant in May last year it was decided to upgrade the imposing farmhouse for re-let.

HAWICK;S legendary rugby commentator Bill McLaren received his third Royal award in the New Year’s Honours List.

The last year has been a rollercoaster ride of awards and accolades following his retirement from the commentary box after 50 years.

Bill – famed worldwide for his inimitable rugby broadcasts – was stunned to receive the CBE, which makes an awesome treble of Royal awards, having previously been bestowed with an MBE in 1982 and OBE in 1995.

HAWICK lass Fiona Graham raised £3,500 for MacMillan Cancer Relief recently by taking a trek to the top of one of the world’s largest extinct volcanoes.

Fiona, formerly of Deanbrae Farm, made the trip to Tanzania in October to climb the 19,450 ft Mount Kilimanjaro and described the experience as “just amazing”.