TOWN FUND REBUFF

councillors at Newtown voted 23-2 yesterday to deprive Selkirk’s common good fund of the £83,000 which Scottish Borders Council pocketed when it sold Rosebank Quarry to a housing developer six years ago.

Only Hawick Independent David Paterson supported a motion from Selkirkshire Lib Dem member Vicky Davidson opposing the move.

The two other ward councillors – Kenneth Gunn and Carolyn Riddell-Carre – were among the majority which agreed to adopt new principles “in relation to common good assets which had not previously been known to be such”.

It means the £83,000 will be set against the £178,000 which SBC claims it has recently spent from its general fund on the Victoria Halls – acknowledged, earlier this year, like the quarry, as a common good asset.

Ms Davidson said this was unfair, claiming improvement works on Kelso’s Tait Hall were not being charged against that town’s common good account.

“This is another example of SBC’s blatant disregard for the law relating to its trusteeship of our assets,” said Dr Lindsay Neil, vice-chairman of the community council.

The common good working group (Gunn, Davidson, Riddell-Carre) will meet in public at 11am tomorrow in the committee room of the Victoria Halls.