A Coldstream couple angry about the rejection of their plan to build a soft play centre in the town say they are ready to move it to Berwick instead.
Jon and Ann Standing are furious about the way their planning application and subsequent appeal were dealt with. Both were turned down.
They are now preparing to submit a new application to Scottish Borders Council next month.
Should their third attempt fail, however, they have revealed their intention to take the business out of their home town and set it up at Tweedside Industrial Estate in Berwick.
Mr Standing revealed: “We’ve identified two properties already in Berwick.
“The buildings are both big enough, so we wouldn’t have to make any changes other than internal changes.
“Our plans could be adapted very quickly for Berwick. One of the beauties of it is that you just need a big, open building. You need either an industrial building or an agricultural building.”
“Berwick is an excellent business opportunity. It is almost a no brainer. I revised some of our financial projections to allow for the population and catchment area of Berwick and they are considerably different to what it is for Coldstream.
Mr and Mrs Standing established Laughing Ducks Soft Play Ltd six months ago and have already paid for a 12-month lease on the building at Hillview Industrial Estate.
But their planning application, requesting a change of use and a number of alterations, was refused on the grounds that it is not an “appropriate location”. The appeal result went the same way.
“We feel that they’ve failed to give us a fair hearing,” said Mr Standing. “It could make you ask whether it is worth the hassle of trying again in Coldstream. But it’s not about hassle. We want to provide for the town we live in.”
An SBC spokesperson said: “The review body acknowledged that there was a need and demand for such a facility in the locality and had great sympathy for the aspirations of the applicants to establish their business.
“However, they concluded that this was not a suitable site.”
The couple plan to resubmit their new application, this time with more space reserved for parking, next month.