‘More manageable solution’ mooted for Atkinson Road

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A PUBLIC meeting is being held next week over a possible solution to the parking problems at Atkinson Road.

The issue has been raised by residents in the past who have expressed fears over safety on the busy thoroughfare.

But a previous suggestion to designate the area one way was met with strong opposition at a meeting last year.

However, local councillor Stuart Marshall believes he has found a solution which would involve using land to the side of the road, currently owned by Scottish Borders Housing Association (SBHA).

He told the Hawick News: “Some months ago I approached SBHA to ask them if they would be willing to sell or free up some land that they own to enable Ron Elliot (Scottish Borders Council’s road user manager) and I to take forward the idea of creating off street parking.

“I was delighted at the response from SBHA who have kindly agreed to give us the land free of charge.

“However, I needed to find a budget from Scottish Borders Council that would commit to the project and with the great support from Mr Elliot and his team we are quietly confident that this project is deliverable.”

The meeting will be held on Tuesday night at 7.30pm in the youth centre, where residents will be asked for their views on the proposals.

And Councillor Marshall is hoping as many people as possible attend to put their views forward.

He added: “The purpose of the meeting is for Mr Elliot to outline in more detail the proposals to residents and at the same time try and seek their approval to what we think will be a more manageable solution without the inconvenience of a one way traffic order.

“There has been a lot of work done by many people on this project and I am hoping that there will be a large turn out of residents because at the end of the day it can’t be done without their support.

“Like the residents of Atkinson Road I feel it’s a must that the problems on this heavily congested route are properly addressed.”