STEPS leading into Peebles’ Victoria Park from Springhill Road urgently requiring repair have been branded an “eyesore”.

Peebles Community Council (PCC) was told, at its meeting on Thursday, June 9, that the steps have not been fixed because it was hoped to replace them with a ramp to improve access.

PCC secretary Anne Snoddy said: “I am fed up of them not being repaired.

“There’s no need for a ramp, there are other accesses into Victoria Park from Springhill Road that are disabled friendly.

“I spoke to councillor Tatler weeks and weeks ago and he said the ramp will be replacing the steps soon.”

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PCC chairman Les Turnbull agreed with Ms Snoddy and said the steps are an “eyesore”.

Mr Turnbull added: “They are a danger because kids are still climbing over there.”

It was agreed the steps have been out of action for 18 months and that it would be much cheaper to repair the steps than replace them with a ramp.

Tweeddale East councillor Julie Pirone said: “I have taken note of all the comments and will see if I can speed it up.”

Mr Turnbull said: “There are many ways into the park, do we need a ramp there?”

PCC member Malcolm Bruce said the main gated access to Victoria Park is less than 100 yards away, with no ramp as it is level.

“I’ll play devil’s advocate,” said Scott Rae. “Why not take the stairs out and block the whole thing off completely? No stairs, no problem.”