By Joseph Anderson
HAWICK councillors have warned there is ‘no quick fix’ to the problems facing the town’s market.
Hawick market, which has been trading for the past 40 years, has seen a sharp decline in both stallholders and visitors recently.
French company Geraud has operated the market since 2015, paying £5,000 a year, but the contract expires in September 2020 and local councillors are frantically trying to find a new buyer.
At a meeting of the common good committee last Tuesday, Councillor David Paterson (Ind, Hawick & Hermitage) said: “I went to the market the other week, it’s dying. There’s regular people who go into the market, but from what it used to be it is dying a death.
“We have to ask, is the market still an asset to the town? Years ago we used to get a lot of visitors to the town. I was once talking to guy who owns a nearby pub and he told me to please keep the market, as the market day was his busiest day of the week.
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