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Anger mounts at border pothole problem

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By Euan Maxwell
Annan and Eskdale
Anger mounts at border pothole problem
CRATER . . . the pothole on Old Graitney Road is due to be inspected next month

THE GROWING number of potholes around Gretna and Gretna Green are proving problematic for local residents and world record beaters alike.

Christina Mack, who cycled from Land’s End to John O’ Groats at record speed last month, named and shamed the area’s roads in a blog post reflecting on her journey.

Christina, from Stirling, passed through the town and wrote afterwards about Gretna Green’s “terrible road surface”, made worse by a “full on headwind”.

The superstar cyclist added: “If there was ever a time I wanted to get off the bike, this was now. After convincing myself it would change round the next corner I finally got to Abington.”

She pedalled the length of the UK in a new best time of 51 hours, five minutes and 27 seconds and called the feat “a physical and emotional rollercoaster to say the least”.

Furthermore, photos shared on social media this week showed a pothole on the town’s Old Graitney Road which has grown to two feet wide and five inches deep.

One resident said the hole in question has been “reported and reported” to the council but no action has been taken.

Another wrote that after reporting it they were notified it wouldn’t be inspected until the end of next month.

Dumfries and Galloway Council was contacted for comment.

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