Pavements must be maintained

JOHN Lamont has highlighted the poor quality of pavements on Borders trunk roads.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 23rd January 2012, 6:15 am

He has raised the issue with BEAR, whose responsibility it is to maintain them, after being contacted by a constituent who was seriously injured after tripping on a cracked paving stone on the part of the A7 that passes through Selkirk.

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The MSP said: “I have been contacted by several constituents who are very concerned about the shoddy state that some of our pavements are in. A lot of them have large cracks in the paving stones or are very uneven, and I have already been contacted by one resident who has tripped resulting in a serious injury.

“This incident occurred on the section of the A7 that passes through Selkirk, and I have contacted BEAR whose responsibility it is to maintain pavements on trunk roads. It is essential that they ensure that these pavements are maintained to a high standard.

Mr Lamont added: “When pedestrians are injuring themselves on these pavements it is essential that repairs are made as quickly as possible. I would urge any local resident who notices a damaged pavement to contact BEAR immediately to report it.”