A CATTLE grid is in such appalling condition that it is wrecking cars, it has been revealed.
Langholm, Ewes and Westerkirk community council heard that the cattle grid had been “fixed” but the repair was totally inadequate.
Anne Elliot of Burnfoot, Ewes, said the cattle grid was on the road to
Hermitage Castle and unsuspecting tourists were having their holidays ruined.
She had contacted Dumfries and
Galloway Council and two ward councillors but it was still in a terrible state.
Anne said: “This cattle grid has been in bad repair for two years now and we have constantly phoned the council’s roads department in Lockerbie about its condition.
“I think it was last year that the council sent a blacksmith to try to weld some of the bands which were broken. Unfortunately, this lasted about two months before they broke again.”
Anne showed photos of the cattle grid to the meeting, including councillors Ronnie Tait and Archie Dryburgh.
The photos showed pieces of debris which had been ripped from cars while crossing the cattle grid.
She added: “We’ve had two cars taken away on the back of a recovery lorry. One elderly couple had to be rescued after their airbags were activated when their car went over the cattle grid.
“It has such a bevel in the middle that you go down and bump again. Six cars have had their oil sumps damaged and there have been punctures and bumpers coming off.
“We’re sick of picking up all the debris that comes off these cars. Everyone keeps phoning about the cattle grid but no one is helping us.
“I wondered whether the community council could help and see whether anything could be done because it’s causing a lot of accidents. I’ve even reported it to the police but we don’t seem to be getting anywhere.
“We have had another busy Bank Holiday weekend, with people going to Hermitage Castle and a lot of cars have been damaged.
“If a feed lorry or fuel tanker goes over it and one of those bars breaks, there could be a serious accident.
Anne confirmed she had contacted Mr Tait about the issue and Mr Tait said he had gone up to Burnfoot to look at the cattle grid.
He had reported it three times to the council and sent photos.
Robert Dickson, acting chairman, asked the two councillors to sort it out.