Hole saga comes to an end ‘at long last’

A LONG-RUNNING dispute over who is responsible for fixing a large chunk of Sunnyhill Road, which subsided into a garden almost two years ago, has been resolved.

And Scottish Borders Council will start work on fixing the hole next week.

Officials at SBC have been involved in a 12-year wrangle with Wilton Park Road homeowners Dan McMillan and Alexandra McHugh, which was exacerbated after tarmac and part of the pavement caved into their garden shed at the back of their property.

The row centred on who is liable for the hole – with the fence belonging to the resident, but the council’s pavement and part of the road sitting on their boundary road – However, the issue has now been resolved.

David Richardson, asset manager at SBC, said: “We are pleased to be in a position to start this work on Monday. The council would like to thank local residents for their patience and for helping us to get to this stage.”

Work is expected to take six weeks to complete.

Councillor Stuart Marshall, who has been heavily involved in the matter, said: “I am delighted at long last this road is being repaired but I am also pleased for Alex and Dan who have suffered a lot of stress because of the whole saga. Hopefully all this is behind them now.”