Recycling centre to close for safety work

SELKIRK is facing two weeks without a recycling centre after Scottish Borders Council was forced to close the facility, writes Kenny Paterson.

The Riverside Road centre is due to have a safety rail added to protect site users. The work is due to begin on Monday, January 31, and the centre is expected to reopen on Monday, February 14.

An SBC spokesman said: “During this period the Hawick, Galashiels and Eshiels community recycling centres will remain open and the public will be directed to these as an alternative.”

Ross Sharp-Dent, the local authority’s waste treatment manager, said: “We aim to complete this work as soon as we can and get the recycling centre open as soon as possible.

“We would like to thank the public for their patience.”

Jedburgh councillor Len Wyse, executive member for environmental services, added: “We feel it is necessary to carry out this work at this time to create a safe environment for the public who are visiting the recycling centre.

“This is part of our ongoing improvements to the facilities we offer.”

The other community recycling sites are: Langshaw Road, Easter Langlee, Galashiels; Mansfield Road, Hawick, and Innerleithen Road, Eshiels near Peebles.

The opening hours for all three centres are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.