SELKIRKSHIRE shivered in the snow this week, with disruptions right across the area.
Families in the Ettrick and Yarrow valleys were worst affected, with school transport cancelled on both Monday and Tuesday as around 15 centimetres left many roads either impassable or only passable with extreme care.
Yarrow Primary was shut both days, while the nurseries at Knowepark and Philiphaugh were also closed.
Selkirkshire councillor Gordon Edgar, also executive member for roads and infrastructure, defended Scottish Borders Council’s decision to close schools, with only 50 per cent of the region’s pupils in education on Tuesday.
He told The Wee Paper: “There are 3,000km of road in the Borders and we have to get the main arteries clear properly before turning our attention to the other roads.
“The decision to shut the schools was made on Sunday – we do not want to take a chance with the lives of any youngsters.
“I understand the decision upset some people, especially those working parents, but I would ask them to put up with some disruption.”
Heavy snowfall on Monday night also saw the A708 road to Moffat completely blocked, while a number of bus services which link Selkirk with Edinburgh and Carlisle were cancelled on Tuesday after an overturned lorry blocked the A7 one mile north of Langholm for five-and-a-half hours.
The freezing conditions accounted for Selkirk Football Club’s senior and under-19s games last weekend, as well as Selkirk Victoria’s match.
But with the snow easing off this weekend, the rugby club are hopeful that their vital Championship match with Watsonians at Philiphaugh goes ahead – and are asking supporters to help clear the pitch tomorrow morning – see page 16.