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Petition calls on council to fix Borders potholes

Drivers in the Borders say potholes are damaging their cars and their wallets. One Peebles resident has set up a petition, that has already had over 700 signatures, to encourage the council to invest in permanent repairs and road resurfacing.

Olga Olesheva Credit: ITV Border

Olga Olesheva said the response has been "amazing". After seeing drivers left will big bills, and pedestrians and mobility scooter users struggle to get down the roads, Olga took her frustration online and many others followed.

"The response was amazing because different people from different parts of the Borders started signing the petition. It became very visible that the situation is bad across the whole Borders.

"I would like Scottish Borders to have a robust maintenance programme in place and perhaps consult with the public as well and inform them on updates on the road repairs."

– Olga Olesheva, Peebles resident
Potholes petition Credit: ITV Border

The petition can be found here.

Extreme weather over the past few years has led to more damage on the region's roads. In 2018 more than 700 different sections of road in the Scottish Borders were said to have been damaged as a result of the Beast from the East.

Potholes Credit: ITV Border

A Scottish Borders Council spokesperson said:

“The Council does have a robust inspection and investigation system that allows for funds to be prioritised and directed to deal with pothole repairs in line with current response standards.

“SBC committed an extra £2.3million in revenue funding over four years to roads and pavements in the 2019/2020 budget.

“The same budget also announced £24million of capital investment for roads, bridges and transport projects over three years, with £84m planned spending over ten years. This investment is reviewed every year as part of the budget setting process.

“Amongst the road investments in the last year was the £2.2m project on the A72 road at Dirtpot Corner, which has significantly improved this vital east-west link for the Borders.

“Road users can report any issues via SBC’s website – www.scotborders.gov.uk/potholes.”

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