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Three months to enforce Borders traffic order

The Scottish Border Council say it could take up to three months to put up signs that will stop people parking on zig-zag lines at schools.

The council were subject to fierce criticism after it was discovered that the road markings were not covered by a traffic order, meaning police could not take action.

In some cases lines had been painted years ago without them being covered by a Traffic Regulation Order.

The council have now announced that the paperwork for the Traffic Regulation Order's needed to cover these lines was completed on Monday 17 February, but can't be enforced until the signs can be put up. Something which could take up to 12 weeks.

145miles of Borders road in need of 'immediate repair'

Almost 145 miles of road in the Scottish Borders is in need of 'immediate repair'.

A recent road maintenance conditions survey found that eight per cent of road surfaces are degraded and potholed and that to fix them would cost the Scottish Borders Council over £23million.

Currently the council are spending £2million to complete 47 resurfacing projects, each with an average cost of £43,000.

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Scottish Borders Council to bring in parking regulations on zig-zag lines

Scottish Borders Council say moves to cover zig-zag lines with a traffic regulation order will come into place in the next few months.

Currently the safety markings outside school gates are not covered by legislation, meaning drivers can get away with parking on them.

Network Manager at Scottish Borders Council, Brian Young, said:

"The zig-zags have been introduced on a school by school basis, so over the years, some have got a traffic regulation behind them, but the vast majority don't.

"We are waiting for a consolidation order that will bring them all in line, they will all be covered by a traffic regulation order in the future.

"The sooner that happens the better. The order has been made and will come into place on Monday, but it will take up to three months before signs are put up, making it enforceable."

– Brian Young

Drivers urged to park safely at schools in the Borders

Drivers are being urged not to park on zig-zag lines outside schools, after it emerged that some in the Scottish Borders are not covered by legislation.

Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire MSP John Lamont said:

"Even though we don't have the legal framework in place to allow the police to enforce traffic regulations outside some schools, I hope that parents and other road users will acknowledge the fact that these zig-zag lines are here for a purpose, they are there to protect children, make sure our schools are safe. I would urge drivers not to park or drive inappropriately near schools."

– John Lamont MSP

No legislation for school zig-zags in the Borders

Safety fears have been raised after it emerged that zig-zag safety lines painted outside some schools in the Borders are not currently covered by legislation.

Despite being painted outside school entrances, the safety markings are not covered by a traffic regulation order that prevents people from parking on them.

The issue came to light when a parent complained to police about motorists parking on zig-zags to drop children off at school, to be told they were unable to take action because the legislation is not yet in place.

Scottish Borders Council say they are in the final stages of a traffic regulation order, which they hope will be enforceable in a few months time.

Zig-Zags outside Knowepark Primary School in Selkirk are not covered by legislation. Credit: ITV News

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New £8m Peebles housing project

A new eight million pound housing project designed to help older people live as independently as possible for as long as possible opened in Peebles today.

It features 59 two-bedroom flats, 37 of which form the Scottish Borders' first extra care housing facility, Dovecot Court.

The homes have also been designed with people who have dementia in mind so they too can live on their own.

Parents to consult on shorter school week in Borders

Parents in the Borders are being asked for their thoughts on plans to change the school week.

Scottish Borders Council have launched a consultation on proposals for a so-called asymmetric system.

It would mean longer school days, but the school week would be four and a half days instead of five.

Education officials say it's the best way to make savings.

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