Green light for new car park at Ettrick Riverside

The car park at Ettrick Riverside, Selkirk.
The car park at Ettrick Riverside, Selkirk.

Long-running parking problems around Ettrick Mill in Selkirk could soon be resolved as permission was granted for 40 new car parking spaces this week.

Scottish Enterprise has received planning consent for an extention to the west car park at Ettrick Riverside Business Centre.

In a report to planners, Edinburgh-based real estate firm Colliers International claimed the extension is necessary to support the expansion of businesses in the area.

It said: “The conversion of the fourth floor at Ettrick Mill will provide substantial new floorspace and the opportunity for the provision of a significant number of new jobs.

“Scottish Borders Council raised concerns during the application process over the lack of car parking available to support more businesses at Ettrick Mill.

“This application for 40 additional car parking spaces aims to address the issue.”

It also said the car park extension is “vital to resolve the long-standing parking problems at Ettrick Mill”.

In October 2015, Scottish Enterprise was given permission to build a temporary car park and access road to extend the east car park with an additional 28 car parking spaces.

Ultimately, the extension of both east and west car parks will collectively provide an additional 68 car parking spaces.

The 40 new spaces in the new car park will include two disabled bays and take the number of spaces there up to 72.