LOTHIAN and Borders Police are committed to reducing the number of person killed or seriously injured as a result of collisions.
Winter brings with it additional hazards and the aim of their campaign is to: reduce road casualties; Educate and encourage motorists, cyclists and pedestrians in relation to additional road hazards encountered during winter months; enforce road traffic legislation in relation to construction and use offences; emphasise the importance of vehicle maintenance and preparation during winter.
Officers will also be conducting a series of mobile and static road checks focussing on the roadworthiness of vehicles. Advice on maintenance checks for lights and tyres and safety issues, eg fully clearing windows of snow and ice, will be highlighted
With the dark nights drawing in, the police have worked with Horsewatch Scotland and the British Horse Society Safety Campaign and will be distributing literature and posters on riding safely on the roads.
The Borders have been extremely fortunate to establish a dedicated Domestic Abuse Advocacy Support (DAAS) service, based within the Safer Communities Team, Scottish Borders Council Headquarters, Newtown St Boswells. The DAAS service will support victims of domestic abuse and their families following the initial incident through risk assessment and safety planning. They will also support victims through any court proceedings and refer to the Domestic Abuse Community Support (DACS) Service for practical and emotional support to enable the victim to protect themselves and children in their care.
The police are aware of a new scam being carried out by a debt purchasing agency in the area. The company is actively engaged in sending out demand letters which include veiled threats of bailiff action, targetting mainly elderly residents within the Scottish Borders. It is believed they are operating a scam using the phone and postcode book. Some residents may be fearful of the mention of bailiffs and pay monies to these companies even though they do not owe them nor have any existing agreement with them. Anyone who is contacted by one of these companies is advised to avoid engaging with them and call the police.
COUNCILLOR Moffat talked about the formation of the new Berwickshire Area Forum. There had been a meeting with the councillors and BCCF in November to discuss the format of the forum and it had been agreed that BCCF would canvas its member community councils as to which councillor they wish to chair this forum. One of the main items for discussion at the first meeting was to be the proposed closure of Duns Court which will greatly inconvenience local residents.
THE secretary advised that he had no response to the item in the Berwickshire News asking for anyone interested in becoming a community councillor to get in touch. However, Joel Prentice, who was present at the meeting, was co-opted.
THE skip for garden rubbish is in place although it is probably too near the junction. Although this is provided for garden refuse only it is noted that someone has dumped an old carpet in it.