Wilton Mills razed to grnd

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The skyline on Commercial Road changed forever at the weekend when the wrecking ball finally moved in on the dilapidated Wilton Mills.

The sudden disappearance of the Category B Listed building, which has been branded an eyesore for years, was spotted by townsfolk as contractors tore down the old woollen factory.

However, years of legal wrangles and planning issues have finally come to an end, with developer Gavin Stevenson finally sending the bulldozer into the site.

A spokesperson at Scottish Borders Council (SBC) said: “The demolition was organised by the developer and no costs were incurred by SBC in connection with the scaffolding being knocked down as part of the demolition process. Both SBC and Historic Scotland granted consent for the demolition by way of planning consent which was granted in September 2011 and a building warrant granted in November 2008 and extended until August 2014.”

Wilton Mills was erected in 1877, but was originally founded in 1815. A great fire destroyed most of the works in 1867, which were rebuilt over the years. Following finanial difficulties in 1908, the mill was closed.