Three primary schools set to permanently close in Scottish Borders

Three schools in the Scottish Borders have been recommended to be permanently closed.

Ettrick Primary near Selkirk, which was attended by poet James Hogg, is one of the schools on the list after no new students enrolled in 2012.

It has since been mothballed alongside Hobkirk Primary, which experienced the same problem in 2015.

Scottish Borders Council released a report which says Eccles Lietholm Primaryin Hawick is also recommended to be shut.

HM Inspectors says closing the sites will give the community a chance to explore other options for the buildings' use.

The community has supported the consultation. Credit: PA

The council said it had been clear during the three consultations that the local community "regretted the loss" of the schools, but saw it was inevitable.

A report will be presented at a meeting on 29 August to approve the closures, which would come into effect on 20 December if agreed.

“We would like to thank everyone for the feedback they have provided so far in relation to these proposals. All the issues raised have been incorporated into the Consultation Report and we are now looking for people to give us any final views or comments that they may have before it is presented to elected members for their decision.”

Councillor Carol Hamilton, Executive Member for Children and Young People