Survey for Wilton Hill drains

Councillor Stuart Marshall.
Councillor Stuart Marshall.

Scottish Water will conduct the planned CCTV survey of the drains at Wilton Hill in the near future after last week’s story which highlighted a torrent of sewage in the area after heavy rain.

A spokesman said: “We are arranging a CCTV survey and hope to carry this out in the coming weeks. This will help us determine if sewer improvement work may be required to further protect the area from future flooding.

“The responsibility for flooding and drainage systems is shared across a number of responsible authorities in Scotland, including Scottish Water and local authorities. Hawick has been identified by SEPA as a surface water management planning priority area, and we are working to support the development of surface water management plans for Hawick.”

But Councillor Stuart Marshall is cautious following a recent visit to Wilton Hill. He said: “While I welcome any news from Scottish Water regarding improving the situation in Wilton Hill, I was told at a recent site visit by this company that while scoping these drains may well be an option it would, however, offer very little in the way of a cure to the problem as it was financial resources that were the key to the long-term solution.

“Either way I am not prepared to sit back and watch raw sewage running down our streets.”