Investment call as Borders roads praised

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THE councillor responsible for the Borders roads has called for “significant investment” in the region’s network, though they have been praised in a national survey.

The region, along with Berwick-upon-Tweed, was named as the Automobile Association’s cleanest “Streetwatch” place in a survey of nearly 2,000 AA members.

The Borders topped five categories, including patched repairs, road works and uneven footpaths, and was praised by members of the public for action taken over litter and dog fouling.

But Jim Fullarton, executive member of Scottish Borders Council for roads and infrastructure, said: “Although we are pleased about the outcome of the survey we need to recognise that significant investment is required in Borders’ roads to cope with the impact of winter damage.

“Government support and additional investment in our roads infrastructure would be very welcome and is something that is required and we should not lose sight of.”

Councillor Len Wyse, executive member for environmental services, said: “This survey confirms many of the comments that are made to me by members of the public.

“It is a real credit to the Scottish Borders and all of our hard-working staff across the technical services department who deserve a great deal of praise for the reported outcome.”