A FORMER Borders property company’s debt totalling around £100,000 will be written off, if councillors approve plans this week.

The local authority’s executive committee are due to meet virtually at 10am on Tuesday (February 8) to discuss the matter.

In 2008 an invoice was raised for around £2,000 with Beaune Properties for boarding to secure the site at Harriers Hut, Bath Street, Hawick, according to Scottish Borders Council (SBC) papers.

A further 24 invoices were raised on an account in the name of Beaune Properties Ltd from October 2008 to May 2015 totalling close to £100,000.

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These charges were to stabilise a dangerous building and enforcement works at Hawick’s Wilton Mill on Commercial Road, the SBC report states.

Court proceedings were raised against Beaune Properties in 2010/11, with both parties asked to go to mediation to avoid a full evidentiary hearing.

The papers state: “Mediation took place in 2012 where a qualified mediator oversaw the meeting. The meeting was attended by senior officers from SBC and representatives from Beaune Properties.

“The outcome agreed was for Beaune Properties to pay SBC the sum of £40,000 in full and final settlement of all sums due with the agreement drawn up in the names of Beaune Properties Ltd and Beaune Properties North Limited.

“This agreement was transferred at a later date to Beaune Properties North Ltd alone and Beaune Properties Ltd was dissolved in September 2013.”

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However, despite making the agreement the company failed to pay the £40,000, with the council’s requests for the payments met with responses asking for further time.

Beaune Properties North Ltd then wanted to enter into further discussion on the agreed amount, according to the report.

The company was then dissolved in August 2016.

SBC is now looking to write off the “irrecoverable” debt, with approval of elected members needed for any sum greater than £100,000.