Selkirk-Moffat route 50mph consultation ‘waste of resources’

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THE chair of Ettrick and Yarrow Community Council has described a public consultation into turning the A708 into a 50mph road as a “waste of resources”.

Last month, Scottish Borders Council’s executive committee unanimously backed a proposed review of communities in the Yarrow Valley to reduce the speed limit of the entire route from Selkirk to the Dumfries and Galloway border.

But Jan Watson said Ettrick and Yarrow CC was against such a move.

She added: “I was surprised to see the council had supported a consultation into a speed limit review.

“At our previous community council meeting, all three councillors took on board that people were not in favour of such a proposal.

“Having spoken to the police, they seem to think it would be difficult to commit the manpower to enforce the new speed limit.

“Rumble strips, such as those used on the Midlem road, would be preferable, as would speed limits in specific places. I would think a 50mph limit is the last resort.”

Selkirkshire councillor Vicky Davidson, who sits on the executive committee, said Scottish Government guidance forced SBC to look into a speed limit review for the road, which was named among the five most hazardous in Scotland last year.

She added: “Within the communities there isn’t a lot of demand for it, apart from one or two households who are particularly concerned about motorbikes.

“We have been told repeater signs along the whole road would have to be put up and I don’t think people would want that. It would be intrusive and in some parts you cannot drive more than 50 miles an hour anyway.

“The majority don’t want it and don’t know how it would be enforced. It would be far better to have limits in specific places, for instance Yarrowfeus.”