Opportunity to see what is proposed for centre

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Ambitious plans to improve the centre of Selkirk can be viewed at Doors Open Day on Saturday, September 17.

The £450,000 plan – which aims to revitalise the town centre and is part-funded by the Selkirk Conservation Regeneration Scheme (CARS) – will go on display in Victoria Halls from 10am-4pm for Souters and visitors to comment on.

Scottish Borders Council (SBC) has been working with the Selkirk Stakeholder Group, made up of representatives from organisations across the town, on the programme of streetscape works.

The town centre works have a series of aims, including providing safer and improved areas for bus passengers to board and better seating and pavement surfaces, while working to complement and enhance Selkirk’s historic conservation area.

The programme will also look to improve some pedestrian crossings in the town centre, and build in flexibility to allow Market Place to be easily used for events and markets.

SBC’s executive member for roads and infrastructure, Councillor Gordon Edgar, said: “We are keen to hear the views of those who live and work in the town and who will benefit from an improved town centre environment.

“Further consultation is required with Historic Environment Scotland, Selkirk CARS and Transport Scotland and Amey to conclude the design, but it is hoped construction can begin next year.”