Pothhole problem worsening as bad weather passes

Rossco Smillie sent in this picture of a huge pothole in Greenlaw
Rossco Smillie sent in this picture of a huge pothole in Greenlaw

In the aftermath of this winter’s storms, many Berwickshire drivers are finding that potholes on the region’s roads are proving more troublesome - and costly - than ever.

Several readers took to our Facebook pages to describe the troubles that they have had with potholes and road surfaces.

Lynda Waite sent in pictures of these potholes on the B6350

Lynda Waite sent in pictures of these potholes on the B6350

The responses ranged from calls for more money to be devoted to the problem, to sympathy for Scottish Borders Council and Transport Scotland in their attempts to cope with the damage caused to roads by the recent heavy rain and flooding.

Steven Oliver, for one, was critical of the local authority, saying on Facebook: “They can find money for a building to house a silly tapestry in the Council leader’s own back yard, yet they can’t find money to fix the roads.

“Time SBC got its priorities straight.”

However, Sid Ball, on the same thread, felt that road users had to take some responsibility.

He wrote: “I’d like to see the rationale complainers have about asking the council to spend tax payers money in “fixing” a road when its wet, when all you’re doing is compacting water into the fix for it to freeze and break the fix up.

“It’s our problem to be responsible for ourselves.”

Across the county, drivers are complaining of the expenses incurred through broken springs, damaged wheel rims and even burst tyres.

However, some Facebook users urged motorists to make more reports of potholes through Scottish Borders Council’s website.

A Scottish Borders Council spokesperson said this week: “The series of storms which have hit the Borders - bringing significant flooding to a number of communities - has inevitably caused damaged to the region’s roads and bridges.

“The Council has a responsibility to maintain the road network in a safe condition. Potholes which are considered to provide a clear safety hazard to road users are being repaired temporarily as part of a quick response.

“Permanent patching on a planned basis will follow soon after providing a long term permanent repair. It is hoped to carry out these permanent repairs as soon as possible after completing the temporary works, but this is very much weather dependent.

“Potholes can be reported to the Council via www.scotborders.gov.uk/potholes or phone 0300 100 1800.

“It is worth noting that potholes on trunks roads in the Borders – A7 south of Galashiels, A68, A1, A702 and A6091 – are the responsibility of Transport Scotland and any faults should be reported to their operating company Amey on its website or phone 0800 042 0188.”