Green light for council’s winter plan

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TERIES will be encouraged to clear away snow this winter as part of a new initiative being promoted by Scottish Borders Council.

The Resilient Communities plan has been developed to improve how residents cope during situations such as last winter – which saw Hawick grind a halt – and at a meeting of Teviot and Liddesdale Area Committee on Tuesday night, it was given the thumbs up by local officials.

The plan encourages residents to help one another, in ways such as clearing pathways and playgrounds, delivering supplies, or checking neighbours. And after it was heard that 24 communities across the region have already signed up, it was agreed that Hawick should join the list. Councillor Davie Paterson (pictured) said: “There was a lot of community spirit last year and this plan might get that back again.” Councillor Stuart Marshall commented: “This is a great plan and is about the community taking more responsibility for themselves and others.”

And in response to concerns it could mean cutbacks in winter services, SBC asset manager Dave Richardson said: “This is not about putting our responsibilities onto the public, the same streets will be cleaned in the same priority hierarchy.”