Local authority battles the elements

THE council has insisted it is working hard to maintain recycling and rubbish collection services as the town attempts to resist the effects of heavy snowfall in the last few days.

There has been some minor disruption so far, mostly in rural areas and some side streets. SBC can’t currently confirm when any cancelled routes will be uplifted, as it will depend on conditions. Every effort will be made to keep the general public updated. Information will be posted on the SBC website, Facebook page, and Twitter account, and broadcast on local radio.

A council statement reads: “Sometimes when snow and ice accumulates it is not always possible to complete the usual schedule of collections. Priority may be given to collecting general waste ahead of recycling. In these circumstances every effort will be made to keep the general public updated.

“All waste transfer stations, community recycling centres and the landfill site are open as normal today (Tuesday).”

Meanwhile, Hawick and Hermitage councillor Davie Paterson has reminded local dog owners of the importance of clearing up after their pets, saying that failure to do so presents a health hazard – especially for children playing in the snow.

Councillor Paterson, the executive member for environmental services, said: “There is a lot of snow lying around at the moment but that doesn’t mean it’s acceptable to let your dog foul and not pick up after it. I would ask owners to be considerate to others in this weather and continue to bag, tie and bin dog waste properly.”