Unsafe footpaths

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SIR, - During the prolonged period of bad weather before Christmas it was very noticeable how belated and inadequate the council’s response was to the clearance of footpaths in Berwick.

In bad weather, priority is given to the main roads, but side roads are mostly left so as to make it difficult or impossible for people to reach the main roads in their cars, and footpaths are generally left untouched.

Occasionally salt is thrown onto some of the paths, but the resulting mush is not cleared, so all this does is make walking more unpleasant and no safer.

A trip to Eyemouth reveals what a different approach is evident there. Footpaths are quickly cleared, making it very much easier to do one’s shopping in comfort and safety. This is particularly important for the elderly, whose English travel passes are valid on the bus to Eyemouth.

JOHN WYLDE,

4 Osborne Road,

Tweedmouth.