Peebles exhibition to highlight bridge choices

SCOTTISH Borders Council (SBC) is holding a public exhibition over two days next week in Peebles to highlight key transport options that could have a significant effect on future planning for the town.

The show will be in the Eastgate Theatre on Wednesday and Thursday from 1pm till 7.30pm.

The information on display will include details of the Peebles transport study, which highlights potential options for a proposed bridge across the River Tweed.

Members of the public and all local interest groups are invited to attend. Council officers will be on hand to discuss any questions in relation to the exhibition.

Councillor Jim Fullarton, executive member for roads and infrastructure said: “It is important to note from the recent comments of the local plan reporter that the recommendation is for a new bridge crossing in Peebles to facilitate future development in the south east of the town.

“It is therefore vital that the people of Peebles and the surrounding area make their views known in terms of the possible location of a new crossing during this consultation.”

In January, the council’s planning committee agreed to impose a £1,000 levy on each new house built in the town to fund a study into an alternative river crossing downstream of the 19th century Tweed Bridge which is the only road link between the town centre and the increasingly populated south side.

Councillor Gavin Logan told the committee: “A new bridge will make a huge difference with all the traffic from the south side of the Peebles heading for Edinburgh or Galashiels missing the town centre.”