Lorries blamed for ‘destroying’ road

A COUNTRY road on the outskirts of the town has been “absolutely destroyed” by timber lorries according to one local councillor.

That was the stark assessment of Ron Smith at Tuesday night’s Teviot and Liddesdale Area Committee meeting.

And it was heard that Scottish Borders Council and the Post Office were refusing to take their vehicles along the unclassified road between Deanburnhaugh and Girnwood, which is situated in the Craik valley, west of Hawick.

Councillor Smith said: “I walked the length of that road on Saturday because my car simply couldn’t have coped with it.

“It’s absolutely destroyed. It’s the worst example of road damage caused by timber lorries we’ve ever seen in this area.”

It is understood the felling work at Lorna’s Wood will continue for the next six years.

But in the meantime, a spokesperson for Upper Teviotdale Community Council said drivers are damaging their cars, while the poor quality of the category D road could also have a detrimental effect on businesses.

He said: “The condition of the road is terrible. The lorries are actually lifting the tarmac up as they pass and we’re getting regular complaints about vehicles needing repaired.”

David Richardson, asset manager at SBC, said remedial work was being carried out this week.

“The council is aware of the current condition of the unclassified road, and repair works are being carried out this week which will bring the road to a condition that can be used by all vehicles,” he said.

“This will enable refuse collections and postal deliveries to recommence next week, and council officers have been in communication with these services to ensure this takes place.”

Councillor Smith said efforts were being made to arrange a meeting with the timber transport officer in a bid to find a solution to the problem.

He added: “When the post won’t go there and refuse collection won’t go there then people are effectively stranded and that’s a problem.”