Residents’ relief as road to be resurfaced

Councillor Stuart Marshall, left, with Guthrie Drive residents Gareth Thomas, centre,  and Guy Johnstone.
Councillor Stuart Marshall, left, with Guthrie Drive residents Gareth Thomas, centre, and Guy Johnstone.

Resurfacing work is to get under way in Guthrie Drive next week – much to the relief of fed-up residents who have long complained about the poor state of the road.

Problems with the condition of the busy stretch of carriageway came to a head in July when councillors Stuart Marshall and Watson McAteer met with locals amid fears over further surface deterioration.

And Councillor Marshall, who called for an urgent inspection of the route following the meeting, is thrilled that the resurfacing work is about to start.

He said: “I’m absolutely delighted that at long last this rapidly deteriorating stretch of road is to be resurfaced .

“Not only do I thank our roads officers for their support but I also thank the residents of Stirches who have constantly highlighted this issue over many years and I think they too will be delighted by this news.”

Guthrie Drive resident Guy Johnstone has also welcomed news of next week’s resurfacing work, and praisedthe efforts of councillors Marshall and McAteer in bringing about a resolution.

He said: “It came as a great relief to me and other residents I have spoken to when we were informed that at long last the road was to be redone.

“I must say that the bus drivers, too, are delighted as they have been complaining about the terrible state of the road for many years.

“Many thanks to the many who have supported me about the condition of the road, but my main thanks go to Stuart Marshall and, latterly, Watson McAteer for their continued perseverance.”

Nancy Aitken, also of Guthrie Drive, said: “It’s been absolutely dire and we’ve been complaining about the road for a long time. But the council are finally getting round to it.

“However, if it hadn’t been for Stuart [Marshall], Watson [McAteer] and the Hawick News we would still be arguing [with the council].

“The road has wrecked our cars and it has been going on for far too long. Fingers crossed now that we’ll all be smiling in Guthrie Drive.”

A temporary road closure till take effect on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (8am to 5pm) to allow for the resurfacing works. The alternative routes are: eastbound – via Roxburghe Drive, Hazelwood Road, Stirches Road and Guthrie Drive. Westbound – the latter in reverse.