Resident’s ‘carpet-bomb’ road plea

Councillors Watson McAteer and Stuart Marshall with Guthrie Drive residents Samantha Wallace, Olive Wallace, Kath Lambert, David Gobby, Gareth Thomas and Guy Johnstone

Councillors Watson McAteer and Stuart Marshall with Guthrie Drive residents Samantha Wallace, Olive Wallace, Kath Lambert, David Gobby, Gareth Thomas and Guy Johnstone

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Scottish Borders Council has been accused of “short-changing” local motorists by failing to maintain the road surface in Guthrie Drive.

And local councillor Stuart Marshall has called for urgent attention to be given to the busy stretch of road which connects Stirches to the A7, comparing its appearance to that of a “patchwork quilt”.

He told the Hawick News: “Myself and Counillor [Watson] McAteer have met with some angry residents on this issue of the poor state of this road. One man told me it is like driving over something that has been carpet-bombed, and another says the road is so rough that it makes their car and their bones shake.”

One such fed-up local resident is Guy Johnston, who says he had to pay for new shock absorbers in his car three years running as a result of the road. He told the Hawick News: “I have complained about the state of the road for a long time. But to keep just fixing potholes is throwing good money after bad. It is not the answer and it actually makes the road worse.”

He added: “Even the bus drivers complain about it. And what doesn’t help is the number of heavy goods vehicles, many of them from the local authority, who travel from Stirches down the road far too fast.

“The whole road is breaking up and everyone up here is sick of it. What we need is the road resurfaced, that’s the only real solution.”

Councillor Marshall has called for an urgent inspection of the route due to further deterioration and added: “It’s like a patchwork quilt in places. The council really does need to take these views seriously and both Watson and I have thrown our full support behind these residents.

“This issue needs to be put much higher up the priority list.

He concluded: “It’s simply not good enough and I feel that the people of Stirches and ther motorists are being shortchanged by the council.”

However, a Scottish Borders Council spokesperson told the Hawick News yesterday: “We intend to carry out resurfacing work to Guthrie Drive as part of the Council’s planned capital surface treatment programme for 2015/16.”