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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

If we work together we can achieve much for town

THE two parking spaces beside the chemist’s shop to which Mr Telfer refers (E&L Advertiser, December 27) were, many years ago, disabled parking bays.

Unfortunately, because they were on a slope, they were unsuitable for wheelchairs.

At the request of wheelchair users and their carers the disabled bays were relocated to the front of the town hall. The two bays then became available for use by any vehicle driver.

They are subject to the same time restriction as the other spaces in the High Street and the waiting times are displayed to the left of the bays.

Mr Telfer, at the community council, talked about the pedestrianisation of the Market Place and making both the entrance and exit to and from Parliament Square onto the A7.

It is this suggestion which would require consultation with Transport Scotland not the removal of the two parking bays, which are the responsibility of the council.

Mr Telford writes about the ‘attractive space’ created in Hawick. This was made possible only when the High Street there became one way and the horse was moved.

He also ignores the efforts made by the tireless volunteers of Bonnie Langholm who make such strenuous efforts to make Langholm High Street so attractive with lovely hanging baskets and window boxes.

We have the very hard-working Christmas lights committee who, every December, make a wonderful job of the switch-on and light up the High Street for Christmas.

Good communities are about people who live together in harmony and help others to enjoy their community. This is Langholm’s strength.

Margaret W Sanderson

Westerkirk Schoolhouse

Bentpath

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