Ewan Jackson, CEO of Live Borders, which is responsible for looking after various sports and leisure facilities in the Borders, including Hawick Library and Museum, was guest speaker at Monday night’s meeting of Hawick Community Council. This followed disquiet in the town that Live Borders were planning to keep both the library and the museum closed, after lockdown restrictions are lifted, in light of the current Coronavirus pandemic. TD9 Radio approached Live Borders for an official statement on the situation and reassurance that both venues would be re-opened in due course. The statement issued as as follows:

“Under the current lockdown restrictions all physical Live Borders sites are closed.

We currently have a range of digital services offered across culture and sport to public and members – including free online classes, creative writing for wellbeing and the extensive catalogue of eLibrary services.

Live Borders resources, both in respect of available furloughed staff and properties, are currently at the disposal of the Council and NHS Borders to support their response efforts, with some staff deployed to Test & Protect.

Live Borders is a key partner in delivering the vaccination programme – staff and properties will support the rollout as required.

We are undertaking comprehensive scenario planning in partnership with Scottish Borders Council to help map a pathway out of the pandemic, and to develop views of sustainable services for the future. Staff and long-term sustainability are the highest priorities.

We will learn from past experiences and we ask for the support and understanding of the impact Covid-19 has had on our services, financial position, and the need to prioritise the restart.

We are here for the community and recognise the importance of our services in Hawick. We will work with customers and partners to resume a level of service as quickly as it is practicable to do so to make the Hawick and the region, healthier happier and stronger. Ewan Jackson, CEO.”