South Scotland

Delays over council building work in the Borders

More than £3m of major council building projects in the Borders have slipped behind schedule.

The schemes include Galashiels' new relief road, work on Peebles High School sports facilities and work at Kelso High and various primary schools.

A report to Scottish Borders Council said the work should have been completed this financial year.

Reasons for the delays include problems with outside contractors and an extended local consultation.

The report showed almost £400,000 of work should have been carried out on Galashiels inner relief road by now, and another £100,000 on a schools review for the town. A similar amount should have been spent on a review at Kelso High.

About £250,000 should have been spent on roofing and other work at Lauder's new primary school and cash should have gone on new sports facilities for Peebles High.

Schemes costing almost £500,000 for a new waste treatment plant and cleaning up contaminated land have yet to take place.

There have been calls for better management of the projects.

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