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By Joseph Gartly
Annan and Eskdale
Villagers’ frustration at road repairs

WATER WORK repairs in Eaglesfield have villagers up in arms over the length of time the job is taking.

Maintenance work in the middle of the village has now been going on for six weeks – despite the contractors claiming it would only last a week.
Eaglesfield Community Council chairman Gordon Patterson yesterday branded the situation on the main B722 road as a “joke”.
Scottish Water are responsible for the works and have hired sub contractors to carry it out – however, Mr Patterson claims they are never there.
And he says there is no ‘apparent rush’ to finish the repairs, despite the disruption it is causing.
Meanwhile, the community have also complained about the timing of traffic lights, which are leading to long waits for motorists.
Mr Patterson believes it has got so bad that the implemented traffic lights are now being regularly ignored by frustrated drivers.
He said: “The lights are just ignored now. I am sure if the police sat there they would have a field day.”
Annandale East Councillor Archie Dryburgh is also concerned about the matter.
He said: “The equipment is battery operated, and the lights are failing on a regular basis.
“The work is finished, all we need is for Scottish Water to reinstate the works.
“The council will not be extending the traffic warrant any longer as the works are not required to be there. This should have been finished weeks ago.”
Scottish Water were yesterday unable to comment.


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