Contractor appointed for Kelso redevelopment

Scottish Borders Council has appointed local building contractor M & J Ballantyne Ltd to carry out the £780,000 redevelopment of the site between Horsemarket and Woodmarket.

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The existing public toilet block will be demolished and a three storey building constructed to replace the property which was lost over half a century ago.

Councillor Ron Smith, Executive Member for Planning and Environment, said:

“Reinstating the streetscape in Kelso is considered a key heritage objective and I welcome the appointment of M & J Ballantyne, which will allow the work to start. This project is considered a priority and will bring a range of social and economic benefits to Kelso’s residents, businesses and visitors.”

– Councillor Ron Smith, Scottish Borders Council

The new development will provide public toilets as well as bus shelters. A digital Tourist Information Point will be installed near Woodmarket.

It is anticipated that the project will start in May and will take around 40 weeks to complete.

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