South Scotland

Extra Borders roads spending considered

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A proposal to spend an additional £2.4m on roads across the Scottish Borders is to be considered by councillors.

The funds have become available as a result of a six-month review of the authority's capital plans.

Among the changes which have freed up the money was the removal of a 3G pitch for Peebles after the failure to identify an acceptable site.

The council administration is proposing the money should be spent on a number of road and bridge improvements.

Councillor Gordon Edgar said: "Borderers will welcome this proposed injection of funding in roads, which would be used for patching in towns, villages and rural areas, drainage work, resurfacing improvements and bridge repairs following flood damage.

"While the council continues to be faced with ongoing financial challenges, the 10-year capital programme still has considerable investment in other key areas such as new schools, flood defences, sports facilities, visitor attractions, energy efficiency measures and transport infrastructure."

Included in the proposals are:

  • £422,000 towards flood damage at Bowanhill Bridge, the Selkirk flood scheme and Newmill Bridge near Jedburgh
  • £400,000 for patching works
  • £200,000 towards "short overlays"
  • £50,000 for drainage

The bulk of the money - £1,328,000 - would go towards resurfacing at sites in Greenlaw, Duns, Chirnside, St Abbs, Kelso, St Boswells, Hawick, Denholm, Peebles, Galashiels, Lauder and Selkirk.

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