Pye hopes to prove the right taste in Tweeddale West

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The Borders Party’s Tweeddale West by-election candidate has put the ward’s roads network at the front of his grid of priorities if elected, writes Kenny Paterson.

David Pye said: “In Tweeddale West, I recognise that we are all reliant upon a robust road and bridge network to connect communities. I believe it is critical that more is done to maintain this basic infrastructure and the other essential services we all benefit from on a day-to-day basis.”

Mr Pye will contest the seat on October 10, having previously failed in last year’s election.

The former Peebles Community Council chairman said he would also back proposals to draw together a Town Plan to ensure “future success” for the community.

Frances Pringle, the Borders Party leader, said: “David and his family lives and works in Peebles, and knows the area well.

“He is well known, having chaired both the Eddleston and Peebles community councils, and involvement with many other community groups.

“His commitment and love of the area would make him an excellent councillor to represent the people of Tweeddale West.

“After the tremendous support we received when our candidate Iain Gillespie was elected in the Leader-dale and Melrose by-election, I look forward to working with David in Tweeddale West.”

The by-election follows the resignation of the region’s youngest councillor, Nathaniel Buckingham, last month due to work and family reasons.