Major boost to Borders roads with £2.4million investment proposed

Roadworks warning triangle sign on a public road junction

Published: Tuesday, 20th September 2016

A proposal to spend an additional £2.4million on the Borders’ roads will be considered by Councillors next week.

A six month review of our 10 year capital plan will be presented to Councillors on Thursday 29 September. This will highlight revisions to the programme that have led to £2.4m becoming available.

Improvements to roads and bridges proposed

We will propose putting this sum towards a number of road and bridge improvements across the region.

We have already committed an extra £2.5m over five years to roads as part of the budget announced in February - representing a 14 per cent increase on the previous revenue budget.

Capital Programme potential changes

Among the proposed changes to the capital programme is the removal of the Peebles 3G pitch project.

Councillor David Parker, Council Leader

“We have assessed the capital programme at the six month review and have been able to free up £2.4m for roads.

“We have recognised the need to invest in the network and this seven-figure sum will be a significant commitment on top of the 14 per cent increase to the roads revenue budget.

“Despite extensive work by officers, the failure to identify a suitable site for the 3G pitch in Peebles that is acceptable to all interested parties within the community has brought into question the overall deliverability of the pitch.

“It has therefore been recommended to Councillors that the project is removed from the capital plan.”

Councillor Gordon Edgar, Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure

“Borderers will welcome this proposed injection of funding in roads, which would be used for patching in towns, villages and rural areas, drainage work, resurfacing improvements and bridge repairs following flood damage.

“While the Council continues to be faced with ongoing financial challenges, the ten year capital programme still has considerable investment in other key areas such as new schools, flood defences, sports facilities, visitor attractions, energy efficiency measures and transport infrastructure.”

Further information

The six month review of the 10 year capital plan will be uploaded to our website on Thursday 22 September, ahead of the full Council meeting on 29 September.