AFTER a period of closure to allow upgrade works, the Selkirk Victoria Campsite which was used as a temporary travellers site during the pandemic has reopened to visitors.

Live Borders commenced upgrade works on April 6, with the support of Scottish Borders Council who approved an improvement fund of £150,000.

Upgrades included the full refurbishment of the shower block, new ramps for disabled accessibility, the construction of a new sluice area, and the installation of ten new electrical hook up points.

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Improvements to the bin storage and recycling facilities have also been carried out, along with the marking up of the hard pitches.

Bookings for the site went live last Friday, and can be made via the Live Borders website.

Ewan Jackson, CEO Live Borders said: “It is fantastic to have the Selkirk caravan park reopening for visitors. The new and improved facilities will make it a draw for tourists to come and base themselves in Selkirk and explore the Borders.

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“We have worked closely with Scottish Borders Council, the Victoria Park Action Group as well as Selkirkshire Councillors. We will be promoting the caravan park throughout the summer and hope to attract visitors from far and wide. I would like to thank all parties for their contributions in helping achieve this reopening. It is very positive news for Selkirk and for wider tourism in the region.

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Councillor Julie Pirone, SBC’s Executive Member for Community and Culture, said: “This is great news for Selkirk. I am really pleased that we’ve been able to support Live Borders in making these improvements to the Victoria Park site, which will offer accommodation to visitors to the Scottish Borders, including those coming in less than 100 days for the 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships in August.

“Within the Selkirk community there is real ambition for the future development of infrastructure to support tourism in the town and the wider area. I look forward to these discussions progressing through the ongoing placemaking programme. This is where we, local councillors and our many partners to come together to develop plans which meet local needs and aspirations.”