THERE will be increased inspections of road repairs carried out by utility companies in the Borders, the council has revealed.
Councillor Gordon Edgar, executive member for roads and infrastructure, told a meeting of the full council last week that more inspections will be carried out towards the end of the two-year period that such repairs are guaranteed for.
He added that the guarantee period was also in the process of being reviewed at a national level.
His comments followed a question from Councillor Tom Weatherston, who asked whether the council’s roads department should be “more robust” in insisting that utility companies reinstate surfaces to a higher standard on completion of works.
Mr Edgar responded: “Inspections and biannual coring programmes are carried out to determine compliance and there is no indication from this data within Scottish Borders Council of non-compliance with current standards.”
But, Mr Weatherston responded: “There are many areas that are like patchwork quilts. I think we should get these people back to fix it properly.”
He also argued that the two-year guarantee period should be extended.