Cutback call to Ettrick Valley landowners
AN issue is overhanging the Ettrick Valley, writes Kenny Paterson.
The problem of overgrown trees and hedges alongside the Valley’s roads has led councillor Michelle Ballantyne to approach Scottish Borders Council for help to get landowners to cut back their vegetation.
Mrs Ballantyne, who lives in Ettrick, said: “I have been in touch with SB Local about the issue.
“These are overhanging branches which are damaging cars, such as scratching paintwork.
“The roads are very narrow in places and if a vehicle is coming the other way, you are forced to pull in alongside a hedge which is often not cut back.
“It may seem trivial, but it can cost car owners considerable sums of money.
“This is a problem we are experiencing in the Ettrick Valley, but I expect it is an issue in a number of other areas of the Borders.”
An SBC spokesman told The Wee Paper: “If an area is causing concern we will engage with the relevant landowner as the responsibility to maintain these hedges and trees lies with them.
“We would then monitor the situation, which would hopefully be resolved. In this instance we will look at any specific area that is causing concern.”
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