Safety fears over SBC gritting

SCOTTISH Borders Council has defended its gritting procedures after complaints many paths – notably up The Terraces – were left in a hazardous condition on Monday.

Local councillor Davie Paterson revealed he had heard of one man who fell and hurt his head and said the situation was “not good enough”.

He told the Hawick News: “With regards to what my constituents tell me it looks like the lack of salt on The Terraces and other areas of the town is definitely not good enough.

“I have written to bosses at St Boswells, so hopefully it will be put right, but it shouldn’t take someone having to fall and get hurt before SBC kicks into action.”

However, an SBC spokesperson said: “Wellogate Brae, Cross Wynd, Lothian Street, O’Connell Street, Brougham Place and Lothian Street are on our list of first priority footways. These are treated when the weather forecast dictates, in accordance with the Winter Service Plan.

“Orchard Terrace, Twirlees Road and Lochpark Road are treated as second priority footpaths, as the footways on these streets are of sufficient width to allow access for the footway tractor. In addition to this, parked cars further restrict access for the footway tractor limiting areas where it can be used.”