The council’s road chief Gordon Edgar is backing a permanent one-way system on Yarrow Terrace, as SBC finally pulls together a report to resolve the two-year long saga.
The crumbling, retaining stone wall on Yarrow Terrace, holding back the Glen Hotel’s grounds, was deemed unsafe by Scottish Borders Council (SBC) in 2012.
Since then, a legal wrangle has rumbled on between the council and the Glen’s owners over who owns the wall, and therefore who must pay for repairs – which the council estimates could cost in excess of £100,000.
So far, the council has paid £1,140 in legal fees, with lawyers continuing to discuss the issue of liability.
In March 2013, to protect passing motorists, Yarrow Terrace’s northbound lane into town was cordoned off, and a one-way system imposed on the street, continuing onto Buccleuch Road to the swimming pool entrance.
Drivers and residents, frustrated and furious, complained about the disruption, delay – and narrowly averted accidents when some motorist ignored the signs and dangerously drove the wrong way up against oncoming traffic.
But the end of the road still seems some way off, despite Councillor Gordon Edgar asking for an update at last week’s environment and infrastructure committee meeting, which he chairs.
Brian Young, SBC networks manager, confirmed: “A report has been drafted. It is a legally very complex issue. There are a number of options available to take this forward.”
The report sets out long-term solutions to the impasse, detailing all the options available, plus the costs and consequences of each.
“All options are being considered,” Mr Edgar told The Wee Paper.
Last year Mr Edgar outlined possible options to us, including doing nothing, traffic lights, or keeping it one way for good.
But all could involve considerable expense, Mr Young warned.
Mr Edgar has said previously a permanent one-way system (his preference, so far) would require a new traffic order and signage, possibly costing more than £50,000.
He said: “I consider that option at the front, but that is the most costly, and it all comes down to cost.”
The report is being kept under wraps until it has been passed to Selkirkshire’s councillors, a spokesperson said, so they can direct the way forward, and set the options for a public consultation.
Councillor Edgar is hopeful Selkirk’s three councillors will meet in the next two weeks. “I’m keen to see it resolved,” he told us.