Community councillors call for removal of Selkirk eyesore
IT was designed to make the town look more attractive. But, according to community councillors, it has become an eyesore.
A dozen-or-so large white boards, each bearing verses from famous local poets including Sir Walter Scott and James Hogg, were erected over the boarded-up windows of the former Co-op prior in Selkirk in 2005.
The Poets' Corner initiative was organised by the Scott's Selkirk group and was meant to be a temporary measure to make the town appeal more to visitors.
But, this month, the community council heard the boards had become weathered.
In a direct appeal to community councillors at their meeting in the neighbouring Victoria Hall, Dougie Purves said: "It's a disgrace and an eyesore. Can you do something about it?"
Community Council chairman Graham Easton agreed. But pointed out the building may be redeveloped under the Selkirk Townscape Heritage Initiative if a bid for funding is successful.
This article appeared in Border Telegraph 29 May 12
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Daibhi O Cathain
May 29, 18:55
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