Work not going to be done quickly, meeting is told

Scottish Borders Council has admitted it will be the end of May before repairs to flood-hit Mansfield Road are completed.

And work on the other side of the River Teviot in Duke Street has been described as “significant” and won’t be completed “very quickly”.

That’s according to the council’s assets manager, David Richardson, who told Teviot and Liddesdale Area Forum that a major piece of Scottish Water’s sewage infrastructure had been damaged during Storm Desmond in Duke Street.

The existing pipe, which was severed, could not be used again, and the utility body was quite close to completing the redesign of a new piece of infrastructure.

“It is a significant piece of work which is just not going to be done very quickly,” added Mr Richardson.

Repairs in Mansfield Road are being undertaken by the council, and Mr Richardson admitted he would have liked to have seen work progressing much quicker, but the council had decided to concentrate on the stabilisation works in Duke Street because it was felt that was a greater risk to properties in the area.

He went on: “Now what has developed is that the repairs in Mansfield have turned into a very technical, intricate piece of work. We nevery really envisaged it was going to be as difficult as it was. We had hoped to have it completed by the first week in May, but I have been told that unfortunately that has slipped again slightly, and it is going to be towards the end of May before it is finished.”

Mr Richardson said the sewer had gone through the old mill lade, and the pipes had become silted up, with the resultant pressure forcing the top of the mill lade to collapse.

Councillor Stuart Marshall: “I’m very disappointed that the repairs are going to take another six weeks to complete. The infrastructure in our town at the moment is pretty dire, and I really sympathise with those who have to put up with that in Duke Street and Mansfield.”

Councillor Marshall then threw the spotlight on the “real problem” of erosion along riverbanks and said the section from the high school to the salmon ladder was causing particuar concern.

Mr Richardson said there wasn’t a proposal for any works in this area, but he added that repairs would be carried out to riverbanks between the Mansfield footbridge and the Waverley Bridge, and at the Hawick Project care home in Liddesdale Crescent.