Marshall calls for talks over delay to storm repairs

Councillor Stuart Marshall is calling for a meeting with Scottish Water and fellow elected members, amid growing concerns over the length of time taken to repair storm-damaged Mansfield Road.

The area was one of the worst affected when Storm Desmond hit Hawick in early December, but Mr Marshall says there is “no sign of things getting back to normal”.

He said he appreciated the complexity of the repair work, but insisted the situation was “getting worse by the week”.

The Hawick and Denholm member said: “Residents in Mansfield are expressing real concerns at the length of time that these repairs are taking. I fully accept that both Scottish Water and SBC have a very complex and difficult job to deal with, but I now want to see a meeting with all of the Hawick councillors and Scottish Water as soon as possible to seek a full update which will, I hope, assure us of a timescale for completion.

“Over the past 15 weeks or so residents and businesses have had to endure diversions and road closures and still there is no sign of things getting back to normal.

“The condition of the road surface along these diversions has deteriorated considerably and the situation is getting worse by the week.”

Mr Marshall added that people in the Mansfield area, many of whom were flood victims, have had enough and that some are even calling for a public meeting on the issue.

A Scottish Border Council spokesperson told the Hawick News: “Work is about to commence on Mansfield Road following the damage caused by the winter storms which hit Hawick.

“The local community will be provided with a full update at the start of next week.

“We thank the residents of Mansfield Road, Eastfield Road and Rosevale Street for their continued patience.”