For years, there has been talk of the need for a Selkirk by-pass. SRC has consistently supported the campaign, lobbying our political representatives, and compiling a strong case in support. The full report, including a map of the proposed route can be downloaded here.
Over 2 days (28-29 July 2016), we invited the residents of Selkirk to express their views – Does Selkirk need a by-pass? In total 582 people cast their votes, with the following results:
Yes: 563 (97%)
No: 19 (3%)
Spoilt paper: 1
So, the residents of Selkirk have given a very strong indication of support, with an overwhelming majority in favour of a by-pass. This message has now been forwarded to the politicians who can make it happen. We await their response.
The paramount reason for support was safety. We were all saddened by the fatality at the Fleece corner in 2015. The case was reinforced while we were in 1TS gathering votes on the afternoon of July 29th, when a further incident occurred. A local resident, walking on the pavement in the High Street was knocked to the ground by a lorry manoeuvring the turn into Tower Street. The lorry driver was unaware of what he had done, and continued on his way. Fortunately, the lady’s injuries were not serious, but the police were informed.
A further vote, involving ballot papers printed in the Selkirk Weekend Advertiser, organised by Cllr. Gordon Edgar, produced a similar result:
The total number of votes cast was 451 – with 373 (83%) in favour and 66 (15%) in opposition with 12 spoiled papers. Taken together, these two votes give a very clear indication that the people of Selkirk are strongly in favour of a by-pass for the town.
Now it is over to our politicians to take the result of these two indicative votes, and push for the funding required to get the by-pass built and allow the centre of Selkirk to become a safe and pleasant place of residents and tourist alike.
The proposed route of the by-pass would leave the A7 between the golf club and the Ladylands crossroads, slant down the hill between the Pot Loch and the tennis courts to cross over the foot of Joyce’s Brae. From there it would climb up and cross the Half Crown Corner road just above the cemetery. From there it would descent to cross the Bridgelands road before re-joining the A7 beyond Oregon Timber.