£30,000 revamp plan for Hawick beauty spot

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Williestruther Loch, on the outskirts of Hawick, could be in line for a £30,000 facelift in a bid to attract visitors and locals to the area.

The revamp would include a circular walkway, car park and information boards, picnic area and a paddling pool for youngsters.

Hawick community councillor French Wight had the initial idea and it is now being driven by the group who have applied for a grant of £30,000 from Scottish and Southern Electricity’s regional community wind farm fund, which offers support to communities close to these developments.

Mr Wight, who is a keen fisherman and member of the angling club, said: “This will provide a low-level walk right around the loch. This will not only benefit anglers, but also the many folk who walk in the area.”

He added: “I have been told there has been five times the amount of bids than there is funding for, so we will just have to wait and see how our bid does.”

Community council chair Marion Short added: “This is an excellent opportunity to enhance the area around the loch and to provide something which will be of use to the whole community. It’s all very exciting and we have to keep our fingers crossed.”

The man-made loch was created from marshy ground in the first half of the 19th century to boost the flow in the River Slitrig which was once used as power for several mills nearer Hawick.