Anger over siting of no entry sign at monument

The new no entry sign at Hornshole is causing concern
The new no entry sign at Hornshole is causing concern

THE erection of a new no entry traffic sign at the Hornshole monument has been described as “extremely disappointing”.

It has been put up on the grass on the right of the historic spot, but after receiving several complaints, Scottish Borders Council has agreed to consider other options.

A council spokesperson said that the sign has been provided to stop vehicles accessing the A698 using the arm of the junction from which visibility is severely restricted, having been identified by the community and gone through the consultation process.

But she added: “The council has received comments on its location and is currently investigating.”

One such complaint been made by the town’s Bright Eyed Daughters organisation, which since forming in 2008, has undertaken to upgrade and improve the landscape at Hornshole. Having previously been granted approval to remove conifers surrounding the monument and spent around £2,000 designing planting for all-year-round colour, especially blue and yellow for the Common-Riding, co-founder Lesley Fraser stated: “This new sign is just too close to the monument, and spoils not only such an important site, but also all the hard work that has gone into improving it.”

She added: “It’s extremely disappointing, and we are certainly a bit annoyed.”

As a result, local Councillor Stuart Marshall has since secured an on-site meeting.

“I think given its close proximity to the monument that SBC could have been more thoughtful,” he commented. “Officers have agreed to meet with me to see if it can be relocated, and I will extend an invitation to a representative of the Bright Eyed Daughters to be at that visit. Hopefully we can find a more suitable spot for it.”

Mr Marshall added: “I would also like to add that the Bright Eyed Daughters have done a superb job in landscaping and tidying up the whole area round the monument, and it would be a shame if that sign were to remain on the grass permanently.”

The Bright Eyed Daughters have also pledged to have the area well established in preparation for the quincentenary celebrations in 2014.