Light at the end of the tunnel as reporting to be reviewed

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SCOTTISH Borders Council is looking into how faulty street lights are reported following mounting criticism that notifications were being ignored.

However, there are currently no plans to reinstate a scouting system, which was axed last year due to financial constraints.

The matter was raised in last week’s Hawick News following a meeting at Burnfoot Community Council.

It had been hoped that would prompt the local authority to review the whole process.

But those hopes have fallen way short of what was being asked.

An SBC spokesperson said: “The current policy is that no routine inspections (night time scouting) will be carried out during night time on street lighting faults. However, like all elements of service, this policy is continually reviewed.

“Officers are reviewing the promotion of the current fault reporting system and its links with public enquiries.”

Councillor Stuart Marshall said: “To be honest I think that SBC should admit that we shouldn’t have removed this service, and I, like many other councillors in the Borders, feel that this should be reinstated.”