Reporting the positive side

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I moved to Burnfoot, from Stirches, in 1985 and joined Burnfoot Community Council in 1986.

I often used to write letters to then editor Bobby McNairn and since, have written to other editors of the Hawick News.

You were right in your column From the Editor’s Chair last week. The Hawick News has reported the good things that happen up here in Burnfoot over many years. Yes, negative things do happen in the largest housing scheme in the Borders and lately it has been the anti-social behaviour carried out by the few.

Even this has a positive outcome though John Steven, who moved to Burnfoot from Selkirk seven years ago does not think so.

It was agreed at the meeting that there will be a walk about by housing providers, Scottish Borders councillors and other interested parties that I am sure will help to alleviate some of the problems raised.

Do readers remember an article written in the Sunday Mail by a journalist who could not have travelled further north than the Watford Gap? He stated that Burnfoot and Mansfield were the worst areas in the country to bring up children, that really did hurt. It’s a case of sticks and stones, keep up the good work.

Jamie Batten

Chay Blyth Place