SCOTTISH Borders Council (SBC) has issued an apology following a court decision over the closure of a Hawick day centre.

Yesterday the council shared that the Court of Session had determined that the decision to close the Teviot Day Centre in Hawick was "unlawful".

The local authority has now apologised for the closure.

In a statement, a spokesperson for SBC said: "The Council would like to apologise unreservedly to service users and their families for any distress or inconvenience they may have suffered in this matter."

The Teviot Day Centre was closed before the COVID-19 pandemic, however, it has remained closed.

The spokesperson added: "The Council fully accepts the judgement of the Court and will not be appealing the decision.

"A report will now be brought forward to Council next week setting out the recommended course of action."

Lady Carmichael, of the Court of Session, made her decision based on apparent flaws in the equality impact assessment and consultation processes undertaken by the council to reach its decision to close the centre.