SCOTTISH Borders Council is reinstating the number plate system at a Borders recycling centre.

The system, which ran from June until July 13, has been brought back from today (October 9) at Eshiels Community Recycling Centre, near Peebles, because of safety concerns.

The council says there is a potential road safety risk from vehicles queueing on the A72 to access the centre.

The Eshiels site has experienced high demands throughout the ongoing pandemic, the council says, which has led to "lengthy queues".

Councillor Gordon Edgar, executive member for infrastructure, travel and transport said: “We would ask users of our Eshiels Recycling Centre to please follow this temporary measure to help control traffic levels."

The number plate system will only be applied to Eshiels as a temporary measure, and will not affect any of the council's other recycling sites.

Vehicles with a registration plate ending in an odd number can attend the recycling centre on odd-numbered days. For example, a registration ending 19 could visit on October 13.

And vehicles with a registration ending in an even number can visit the site on an even-numbered day. For example, a plate ending in 18 could visit on October 12.

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