Space for Saturday market to be halved by council

The space allocated by Scottish Borders Council for Hawick’s Saturday market is set to be halved.

Dwindling stall numbers and increased camper van activity in the Common Haugh have forced the local authority to reduce the space available to stall holders from 3,000sq metres to 1,500sq metres.

A Scottish Borders Council spokesperson said: “The location is a section of the Common Haugh next to Albert Road. This area is away from the camper van area and provides good access from Albert Road.

“The reduced area is more realistic at 1,500 square metres and it is hoped will lead to a reduction in the rates payable for the market site, which has been an issue for a number of years.

The once bustling Saturday market has been hard hit in recent years, and the spokesperson continued:“The number of stalls at the market have reduced significantly over recent years. As such there is no longer any reason to allocate such a large area.”