The letter below from someone we will call 'Furious of Foulden' is one of those epistles about that village which appear from time to time in the Berwickshire.
Unlike Hutton, Foulden has a fairly busy main road which passes through the village and there has been much public debate about where the 40mph speed limit ends and where the 30 begins. Obviously the poor long suffering Commnunity Council (most of them are long suffering) is on the wrong side in this argument from F of F's viewpoint. But where is the self interest in controlling fast traffic through a built up area-I would have thought that was in the interest of the whole community. But I am probably missing something.For two days this week Foulden had an illuminated face sign to advise of speeds through the Village on the Chirnside to Berwick road, but no more! Who put it up? Who took it down, and why?If this minute section of road is so sacrosanct that it requires constant monitoring should there not be a corresponding 40mph speed limit from New Mains to warn of your approach?This would of course complement the 40mph speed limit on the half mile section of open road on the eastern side.These signs are as relevant and logical as the Disabled People signs without a hospital or care home to justify them.If this trend continues can we look for speed bumps, parking meters and traffic wardens? After the completion of the new hall will we get traffic lights and a crossing over to the car park?The options available are endless and judging from past performances are liable to be pursued by a vociferous but minority section of our community.Incidentally I was under the impression that 30mph areas required to be adequately illuminated by street lighting, but I am probably wrong.Community councils should act in the best interests of their area and not just a small selected section of it. Why is it then that I hear so many complaints about the disregard of Foulden areas other than the village?Good community councils are to be commended, but those driven and controlled by the self interest of a few individuals are as useful and worthwhile as ashtrays on motorbikes.