Member’s plea to sell Selkirk better is sign of times

Jim Stillie
Jim Stillie

A Selkirk community councillor is calling for more interesting and welcoming signage for the main entrances to the town on the A7.

Jim Stillie said that the current signage does not represent the town well for prospective visitors.

He said: “The signs should say ‘welcome to Selkirk, ancient county town of Selkirkshire, home to Sir Walter Scott’s courtroom’.

“There are centuries of history in the town, but you wouldn’t know it driving in.”

Fellow councillor Ian King told Mr Stillie: “I have always maintained that you have to entice people into a layby just outside town and plaster it with signs about what they can do when they get here.”

Mr Stillie replied: “You can’t even entice people into the town’s car park because nobody knows where it is!”

Selkirkshire councillor Gordon Edgar said any new signage was dependent on permission from Transport Scotland, through Amey.

He asked councillors to check what the sign says at Greenlaw and to report back to the next meeting.