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SB Connect Winter 2016

£2.4m more freed up for essential road repairs

Following a six-month review and revisions to the Council’s capital programme, Councillors approved an investment of £2.4 million into local roads.

The Council had already committed an extra £2.5m over five years to roads as part of the budget announced in February 2016 – representing a 14 per cent increase on the previous revenue budget.

SBC Leader, Councillor David Parker, said: “We assessed the capital programme at the six-month review and were able to free up £2.4m for roads.

“We recognise 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.”

Councillor Gordon Edgar, SBC’s Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure, added: “Borderers
will welcome this injection of funding in roads, which will be used for work 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 10-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.”

Did you know...?

The length of the Scottish Borders road network is over 3000km