Marshall bemoans ‘treacherous’ state of paths and roads

Councillor Stuart Marshall.
Councillor Stuart Marshall.

Councillor Stuart Marshall has hit out at the lack of grit on pavements and roads as temperatures plumetted to -2C on Monday.

The Hawick and Denholm member says the icy footpaths and carriageways were in a “shocking state” and has written to Scottish Borders Council to express his concerns.

He added: “I received many calls from angry members of the public, and we really do need to get our footpaths and roads treated much quicker than we did. They were in a treacherous condition.”

A council spokesperson told the Hawick News: “A primary network of roads and footways were treated from 6am onwards on Monday, as is the protocol in the council’s winter service plan.

“Thereafter, secondary roads and all other footways are treated, subject to the availability of resources.

“Weather conditions over the weekend meant snow which fell across the Borders turned to ice as temperatures dropped to some of the coldest seen in the region so far this winter, making for some difficult conditions for drivers and pedestrians.”