Frustration over repair work in Mansfield Road

Fed-up householders and businesses in the Mansfield area are venting their frustration as repair work continues to the flood damaged section of road near Armstrong’s Garage.

In response to our request for an update on the situation, Scottish Borders Council has revealed that a project manager has been drafted in and that local residents and companies will receive an information letter informing them of progress.

Local ward councillor Stuart Marshall said: “I know that SBC are going as fast they can to make things right, but businesses are constantly in touch regarding the inconvenience, as are residents who quite rightly report problems caused by heavy goods vehicles taking the detour round Mansfield Crescent and Mansfield Gardens.”

David Paterson, of Border Hardware, lower Mansfield, told us that when the road was first closed there were no signs to say that traders were still open as usual, and he added that his business, like others in the area, relies on lorries for deliveries and he appreciated the increase in traffic must be annoying for residents in Rosevale Street, Mansfield Crescent and Mansfield Gardens.

A council spokesperson said: “Due to the scale of the damage to council assets as a result of recent storms, the council have engaged an external resource to design and project-manage the repair works in Mansfield Road.

“A meeting is to be held between council officers and the consultants next week to discuss progress, and following this an information letter will be distributed to local residents and businesses to update them.”