Pothole woes for local drivers will “get worse”

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Local drivers are having to fork out for steering and suspension repairs as a result of poor roads and potholes around the town.

That is the grim reality facing Teri motorists according to Councillor Stuart Marshall, who has warned that it is only going to get worse unless the problem receives a “cash injection”.

Speaking to the Hawick News, he said: “In recent weeks, I have seen a dramatic rise in complaints from constituents who are sick fed-up with the very poor condition of some of our roads. And it’s not only pot holes that are causing major problems, it is also sunken drain and manhole covers.”

Mr Marshall says the areas worst affected in his ward at the moment are Guthrie Drive, Fraser Avenue and Burnfoot Road, and stated: “One of those constituents who had complained to me regarding Guthrie Drive had actually described this stretch as having been carpet bombed. I’m afraid that some of our roads are getting so bad now that the very temporary repairs that are being carried out are only lasting a few weeks.”

He added: “I have even had one garage owner tell me that changing springs and steering problems accounts for a fair percentage of his business.”

A Scottish Borders Council spokesman says they have responsibility to inspect the road network and repair faults which are identified, but admits that repairing potholes is a “reactive short term reapir”.

And highlighting the three Burnfoot roads, they stated: “A road defect on Fraser Avenue has been identified and will be repaired, potholes on Guthrie Drive were filled in on Monday, and while it is acknowledged Burnfoot Road is not in a good condition, no specific defects have yet been identified.”

Councillor Marshall has also raised his concerns with fellow road maintenance organisation Amey, although he is yet to receive any response. But the councillor added: “Until there is a huge cash injection into our roads network budget then I can only see the problems for motorists getting worse.”