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Waverley Housing and Scottish Borders Housing Association have stepped up to finance the upgrade of a Hawick pathway.

Councillors on Teviot and Liddesdale Area Forum had initially approved funding of £1,596 for works on the footway at Waverley Walk from its Neighbourhood Small Schemes fund at its October meeting.

However, Scottish Borders Housing Association and Waverley Housing have now agreed to fund the work, which is being carried out under Scottish Borders Council’s Unpaid Work scheme, managed by Criminal Justice.  

Councillor David Paterson, SBC’s Executive Member for Environmental Services, said: “The Neighbourhood Small Schemes budget for Teviot and Liddesdale is relatively small and is used for projects which would not otherwise take place due to other priorities. 

“This generous contribution from both housing associations will allow money to be put back in the Small Schemes budget and used to help fund another local project for the benefit of the Teviot and Liddesdale area.” 

Julia Mulloy, SBHA’s Chief Executive, said: “This project complements the work Waverley Housing and ourselves are doing to regenerate the Stonefield area of Hawick and it is clearly of benefit to the people living in our current and future homes there. 

“Hopefully, by sharing the cost, the money for this path that would have come from Small Schemes budget can benefit other communities in the area.”

Waverley’s Chief Executive Margaret Ross added: “This is another example of how working in partnership can benefit our local communities, and I’m sure it will be greatly appreciated by all who use the path in the future.”

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