Road closure plans still up for discussion after two-day event

A NEW date is still to be confirmed for strengthening works at Martin’s Bridge.

It comes after a two-day information event in Roberton last week surrounding the ten-turbine Langhope Rig wind farm between Ettrickbridge and Ashkirk.

Almost 50 people attended the open days and heard from developers SSE Renewables and officials from Scottish Borders Council’s roads department.

Kirstanne Mcdowall, community liaison manager for the Langhope Rig project, said: “The information days went well and there was a good mix of attendees including local residents, local businesses, councillors and community council representatives. There were around 30 attendees on day one and 25 on day two.”

Initial plans were to close the B711 road to strengthen Martin’s Bridge, which will be used to carry the huge turbines to the site, in August this year for 18 weeks.

However, that was delayed following strong opposition and although construction work at the wind farm is due to begin in spring next year, a start date for the strengthening works is still to be confirmed.

Mrs McDowall added: “We received a lot of useful feedback on the Martin’s Bridge works and will take all comments received on board while finalising plans for the works. We will update residents when we have more information on this.”

The Langhope Rig application was rejected by planners in 2007 after 370 objections, but the decision was overturned by Scottish Ministers the following year on appeal.