Paterson fields ‘yet more’ lorry complaints

COUNCILLOR Davie Paterson has received complaints from parents who are concerned at large lorries taking shortcuts in the west end.

The local member says people are “worried sick” by timber trucks trundling past Kirk Wynd into Drumlanrig Square and Beaconsfield Terrace – choosing to pass three local schools – instead of using Tower Knowe to reach the A7 .

“I’m getting yet more complaints from constituents worried sick about lorries using Slitrig Bridge to get access to the A7,” said Councillor Paterson. “Contractors are supposed to go via Tower Mill, but are passing children going to two primary schools and the high school.”

Brian Young, Scottish Borders Council’s network manager, says although there is no official restriction or traffic regulation to stop lorries using this path, it is strongly discouraged by the council – and there is a voluntary agreement with the timber industry on routes.

He added: “We’ve recently been made aware that some drivers and operators have been using it again and steps have been taken to address the problem.

“If, however, anybody spots timber vehicles flaunting this instruction they should take note of the company and vehicle registration, and forward the details to the council.”