Developer insists Hawick Aldi plan is still on track

Wilton Mills clock tower in Commercial Road, Hawick.
Wilton Mills clock tower in Commercial Road, Hawick.

A Borders property developer believes problems with plans to bring an Aldi supermarket to Hawick can be overcome.

The developer’s bid to demolish the clock will be heard in September, but Historic Scotland wants to save it.

In a statement released by Wilton Mills, Gavin Stevenson said: “Historic Scotland are requesting an 11-hour attempt to identify a potential purchaser that has any realistic proposal to save the structure.

“We accept that the clock tower building must be advertised as part of the planning process. Historic Scotland have confirmed that there is no public money available to save the clock tower.

“The building continues to prove a danger to the public and we hope this process will result in a demolition consent without further undue delay.

“Meanwhile, I can confirm the planning application for the Aldi store is still live and being considered by Scottish Borders Council. e have done a great deal of work on our proposals forward for a £5million investment with 30 new jobs.”