Fish farm on sale for housing

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An old fish farm bought for £1 is set to go on the market for housing.

The 30-acre site on the outskirts of Selkirk was bought by local businessman Alan Beattie for £1 from the world’s biggest producer of farmed salmon, Marine Harvest, in 2008.

Mr Beattie told The Wee Paper this week: “We are going to put the fish farm on the market to sell for housing. The details are with Edwin Thompson now. There are two houses there already and other houses will fit in nicely.”

Meanwhile, power producing water turbines, previously used at the fish farm, are to be scrapped.

Mr Beattie said a 40-tonne excavator brought the 150-year-old turbines out of the ground on Sunday.

He said: “They were going to go to Africa to do the same, produce power. It was on condition we got them out in a reasonable condition. But they were so difficult to get out – they are too big and too heavy – they are going to be scrapped. I’m quite sad about that.”

Before the Ettrickhaugh Road site became a fish farm, it was home to Selkirk’s Roberts Mill.

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