Proposed Coldstream road changes get mixed reaction

Parkside, Coldstream
Parkside, Coldstream

A one-way system, the loss of a number of parking spaces on the High Street and new stretches of double yellow lines are planned for Coldstream.

The town’s Parkside is set to become a one way system round onto Home Place at its junction with Cheviot Terrace. Councillor Donald Moffat told Coldstream Community Council that its inclusion in the Scottish Borders Council (Coldstream) Regulation of Traffic Order 2014 follows a request from a resident concerned at the number of near misses there have been on the road.

However, a number of community councillors pointed out the need for SBC to liaise with Scottish Water as an area of Parkside has been prone to flooding.

“The problem is that when there is heavy rain it floods and cars can’t get through,” said one councillor.

Councillor Moffat acknowledged that this had been an issue and said: “Scottish Water have done work there but the main pipe needs to be replaced. It never used to flood like that but there’s more water going through.

“Tree roots are also causing damage to the pipes. Scottish Water have been flushing it out on a regular basis so should be able to get rid of the problem.”

The loss of three parking spaces at the Leet Bridge end of the town is generally seen as a good move as the road narrows there and the proposed ‘access only’ up Luke’s Brae also has community council support who also want to SBC ensure that traffic cannot exit Luke’s Brae at the top onto the High Sreet because of safety concerns. Extending the double yellow lines on Duns Road near the junction with Home Place was also seen as sensible

However, the loss of a parking space near the Bank of Scotland was questioned, and extending parking restrictions on the High Street past the war memorial on both sides of the road has not gone down well with former councillor Jock Law who lives on the High Street.

Mr Law also questions plans for the parking area in front of the Co-op store being restricted to vehicles for loading and unloading from 7.30am to 9.30am, reducing the number of car parking spaces during that period.

“When traffic and parking on the High Street has been talked about in the past the police have always said that parked vehicles slow down the traffic passing through the town making it safer for pedestrians. I’ve lived here over 30 years and have only ever seen one accident - and that was just a bump.”