A downtown SELKIRK outlet is set to switch from perms to pooches, if a bid for a new dog grooming salon receives the green light.
An application has been submitted to the Scottish Borders Council by Moira Wilson for the conversion of a former hairdresser at 55-57 High Street into Pawfection Dog Groomers.
The claimant claims that since the lockdown there has been an ‘explosion’ in the number of dog owners in Selkirk and that the proposed outlet would meet this demand, adding: ‘The demand for dog grooming spaces is paramount Being the owner of three dogs myself, I know how difficult it is to find a dog groomer in the Borders and am currently traveling to Edinburgh to have them groomed.
“As things stand, there are no dog groomers in town, so there would definitely be a need for this service.
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“Given the previous use of the property, the change of use was not seen as an issue as a dog grooming business would have the same setup as a hairdresser.”
A supporting statement submitted with the planning bid indicates that the application would result in increased traffic to the town centre.
He adds: “The business will be set up to support a young local who has ten years of experience grooming his own dogs for show and now wants to use that experience, in addition to that gained through an approved training course. , to support the local community.There are also plans to support a very experienced local groomer, who is looking to return to the industry and who currently has a small clientele.
“There are very few groomers at the Borders who offer hand stripping services and therefore the fact that these two groomers specialize in hand stripping would result in customers traveling to town for their services and therefore bring a additional traffic to the city to use its facilities while waiting for their dogs to be groomed.