Two of the town’s most pothole-ridden areas have been earmarked for a £130,000 repairs programme.
Burnfoot Road and Mansfield Road have been prioritised as part of Scottish Borders Council’s road repairs schedule, with £90,000 being ploughed into resurfacing works in Burnfoot Road and £40,000 into fixing the deteriorating state of the carriageway in Mansfield.
Local ward councillors Stuart Marshall and Watson McAteer – who recently met with a senior council official to express their concerns over both stretches of road – have warmly welcomed news of the impending repairs.
Councillor Marshall said: “The meeting was very positive, and there was agreement that this busy thoroughfare was suffering an unusually fast deterioration.
“As a result and following the council’s review of roads priorities, I’m delighted that Burnfoot Road has been moved to the top of the queue.”
Councillor McAteer said: “The state of this section of Burnfoot Road has become progressively worse and is a genuine danger to all road users.
“While many other roads in our area are in a similarly poor state, the fact that Burnfoot is now at the top of this ever-growing list is important for the community and the town.”
Burnfoot community council chair Michael Grieve said: “The resurfacing of Burnfoot Road outside the Hub is long overdue, but we would not have got this large amount of money without the hard work and determination of our two local councillors, Stuart Marshall and Watson McAteer.
Alluding to the Mansfield Road repairs, Councillor Marshall said: “It’s great that the difficulties experienced by residents and businesses have been recognised, and fixing the road will go a long way to returning the area to normal.”
Councillor McAteer added: “The voice of those in Mansfield has been listened to, and the resurfacing of the roads will greatly improve the area for local residents, visitors and the many businesses who rely on good-quality access.”
A Scottish Borders Council spokesperson said: “The resurfacing of Mansfield Road – between the Teviotdale Leisure Centre entrance and the A7 roundabout – is programmed in September.
“The section of Burnfoot Road, from Kenilworth Avenue in an easterly direction, is programmed in August.
“The length of time which will be required to carry out the resurfacing works has not yet been decided, but both are expected to be short-term.”
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