SBC funding is a postcode lottery

So residents at Kerfield Court are not in favour of the new addition (Fury over Kelso skate park buffer, Southern, August 23).

It does leave me wondering as to who actually wanted this monstrosity. This particular spot is not overburdened with residential dwellings. One can only surmise that the complaints came from the “millionaires’ row” section of housing overlooking the park?

As one resident of Kerfield Court was rightly quoted: “If you buy a house overlooking a park, what do you expect?”

The real issue in this case, however, is how taxpayers’ money is spent within Scottish Borders Council (SBC).

Who is making the decision on how our money is allocated and what exactly are the criteria for a reasonable request/complaint? Is it enough for a couple of well-heeled individuals to turn up their noses at youngsters doing what youngsters in the school holidays do and enjoy, vocally or otherwise?

As a resident of Inchmyre, I have witnessed first hand the total neglect of an area over the last 10 years or so.

Low-level walling erected during the 1960s is falling away day by day and left in piles of rubble and bricks. Massive potholes in the road have been unattended from the last few aggressive winters. Paving that passes for walkways is uneven and quite frankly treacherous – especially considering many of the tenants within Inchmyre are elderly. Street lighting is poor at best, downright disgraceful at worst.

The response to these issues is always the same – there simply isn’t the money. Yet cash, it would appear, is not the issue. Not if the £3,000 to erect a fence at Shedden Park could be found so easily. A fence, it seems, no-one even wanted.

The real issue here is that the decision-makers within SBC, those who hold all our purse strings, would appear to be playing a postcode lottery with funding.

If the cap fits or, more importantly, would it be if your face (and wallet) fits?

L. Oliver



How dare Scottish Borders Council, in these austere times of cutbacks and cash shortages, spend £3,000 on a “deflector” in Shedden Park, Kelso.

It seems to have found the money very easily and gone ahead with the project with no prior consultation.

The local councillor who spoke to TheSouthern mentioned “several complaints from nearby residents of other properties”.

There are, in fact, four properties in Dryinghouse Lane, five if you count one which is in Edenside Road and backs onto Dryinghouse Lane.

As the residents of Kerfield Court seem pretty much against the “deflector”, is it possible these four/five properties are the source of the “several complaints”?

What power these few complainers must have to get the council to respond so quickly with such waste of public money. Is it possible they are good Tory voters with a bit of clout being kept sweet for their support?

Also, I was disappointed to see the story entitled “Council faces hefty fine after data breach” buried on page 10 of last week’s issue.

This is a serious story concerning incompetence and/or neglect within Scottish Borders Council which will result in a substantial financial penalty imposed on the local authority – paid by us taxpayers.

Please tell me that the council does not have editing powers over TheSouthern.

Peter Sanders

Douglas Crescent