Duns road repairs lasted only a few days

The newly resurfaced road is already breaking up only days after the work was done.
The newly resurfaced road is already breaking up only days after the work was done.

Resurfacing work in Duns Market Square and Easter Street has come in for critcism from resident Michaelle Burns-Greig.

Ms Burns-Greig is campaigning for improvements to the region’s roads, and at Scottish Borders Council’s budget meeting in February she presented councillors with a bill.

It was, she said, for a “contribution to cost of above-normal “wear and tear on her car due to unacceptable and increasing deterioration in condition of the roads used in the Scottish Borders Council area”.

After over a week of traffic disruption in Duns while work was done on the A6105/A611, Ms Burns-Greig said: “Days later, I noticed a substandard area where water was collecting and the surface was already breaking up.

“My efforts to bring the unacceptable state of our roads, which I feel are causing problems and extra cost to all road users have had much support.

“Not only do we have crumbling potholed roads where the most basic repairs cannot keep pace with the deterioration, but I have previously highlighted the fact that value for money in these cash-strapped times is vital.

“This substandard part of road surface is where vehicles brake, accelerate and turn, all of which puts extra strain on the road.

“Unless something such as a cut-out patch is done quickly, the original defect will spread.

“This, I feel, is an example of money badly spent, and therefore wasted.”