Concerns escalate after cars damaged in Langlands Road

Councillor Stuart Marshall surveys some of the damage to parked cars in Langlands Road
Councillor Stuart Marshall surveys some of the damage to parked cars in Langlands Road

MORE than £10,000 worth of damage is believed to have been caused to cars parked in Langlands Road.

It is understood police are looking for the driver of a heavy goods lorry who collided into seven vehicles on Monday night.

Furious resident David Chapman, whose own car and daughter Leah’s car were among the seven affected, said: “This has been an accident waiting to happen for some time.

“I’m probably lucky because my car isn’t the worst, but I’d just put new tyres on and they’ve been all gouged and are flat. My upstairs neighbour has had the whole side of their car scratched.”

He added: “I’ve had about three wing mirrors smashed off since I’ve lived here. There’s signs saying no heavy vehicles, but they just get ignored.

“Anything bigger than a Transit van really struggles to get along.”

A consultation exercise was carried out by the three local councillors in the summer, and residents were asked about potentially making the road one-way.

And according to Councillor Stuart Marshall, who admitted he was ‘horrified’ by Monday night’s damage, this latest incident only serves to strengthen their calls for action to be taken on that stretch.

He said: “Large vehicles using this route have been one of the major concerns of everyone who lives in Langlands Road and it’s pretty obvious that the signage that Scottish Borders Council has put up in order to stop them isn’t being adhered to.”

It is hoped a residents’ meeting can be arranged in the coming weeks, at which councillors and council road safety officers will be in attendance.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We are carrying out inquiries to trace the driver of the lorry and anyone with information should contact Police Scotland on 101.”