More needs to be spent on Berwickshire’s roads

The pothole on the A7 near Galashiels which damaged two of Chris Minto's wheelsNO
The pothole on the A7 near Galashiels which damaged two of Chris Minto's wheelsNO

An extra £315,000 has been set aside by Scottish Borders Council for Berwickshire roads and a list of those most in need of repair has been drawn up.

At this week’s meeting of Berwickshire Area Forum, councillors were asked to approve where the money should be spent.

Eight repair schemes are in the pipeline: the A6105 at Ninewells, Chirnside; Duns Road, Coldstream; Harbour Road, Eyemouth; the C97 Eccles Road at Birgham; Hoprig Road, Cockburnspath; the A6089 north of Byrewalls; School Road, Cockburnspath; and Queens Row, Greenlaw.

Repair of these roads is an add-on to the council’s original roads spending for 2013-14, councillors agreeing that since the original revenue and capital spending budgets had been approved, the recent severe weather and the need for remedial repairs meant that additional resources were required. The council has already agreed to spend £3.81 million of their revenue budget and £2.18 millions of their capital budget.

A recent review of the region’s roads showed that around 40 per cent of the network is in need of investigation or repair. The number of A roads in the region requiring attention has gone up from 25.3 per cent in 2008/10 to 28.9 per cent between 2011/13.

Berwickshire councillors approved the addition funding.