Kelso path work is completed on time

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KELSO cyclists and hikers received an early Christmas present when work on the flooded core path on the town’s outskirts was finished in time for the festive season.

The council’s contractors Glendinning resurfaced the waterlogged track at Wallaceneuk and put in safety fencing.

The council’s senior ranger Keith Robeson said: “It’s brilliant, the contractors have done a tremendous job and it’s completed a fantastic circular walk to and from Roxburgh.”

Council funds and a planning gain contribution of £10,000 from the Duke of Roxburgh for development at Sunlaws paid for the £17,000 work which started in November.

Mr Robeson said the route was originally for horse riders, but became a core path a few years ago: “Since it was established as a core path, improving for other users is something we wanted to do.”

But the then landowner was reluctant to agree to repairs to the deeply-rutted track, fearing fly-tippers. However, a change of ownership in the last year resulted in the work being given the go-ahead.

Earlier the council spent about £3,000 draining other boggy sections of the former railway track between Heiton Mill and Roxburgh.

Meanwhile, Kelso Paths Group is calling for more volunteers to help fundraise and create and maintain paths.

Anyone interested should contact Mr Robeson on 01835 826750 or 07768 987949 or at krobeson@scotborders.gov.uk