Not building a second road bridge in Peebles will be hold back any future development in the town, according to the Scottish Borders Council.
Councillor Gordon Edgar, who is in charge of roads and infrastructure, said:
"Peebles will stagnate if we don't build another bridge, it will mean that any future development will be held back by the requirement for a bridge, so whilst I have sympathy with the people that object to the bridge, it is a need, it is there, the demand is there so we are trying to satisfy the demand in the best way possible."
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