Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme

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Thank you for visiting the Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme website. This website has been created to provide information about the Scheme and to give you the opportunity to comment or ask questions through the feedback page.

Since the last update, in June 2015, a huge amount of construction work has been completed. A total of 23 (out of 38) Work Sections have now been opened, with 12 of these due to be substantially completed between now and Christmas (although some landscaping and reinstatement works may continue in to 2016). At the peak of activity during the summer over 130 people were working on the Scheme with many more involved indirectly. 

Two areas of work are worth particular note:

Works in the water environment (i.e. within the river): This can only take place during the summer months in order to protect migratory salmon during the autumn and spring. Despite losing the occasional day due to particularly wet weather RJ McLeod achieved a significant amount of work between June and September. Erosion protection work was undertaken at Work Sections 7, 9, 12 and 18 and the in-stream piers and the abutments for the new footbridge were constructed.

Bridge Street Footbridge: The old footbridge was closed on 13th May and within hours RJ McLeod set to work on removing the deck and dismantling the old structure. This was followed by 16 weeks of intensive work to ensure the new piers and abutments were ready for the installation of the new bridge on 3rd and 4th September. The installation operation passed without any issues and work has been ongoing since to prepare temporary approach ramps to allow the bridge to reopen. A time lapse video of the installation operation can be viewed here.

As indicated above, a huge amount of work has been undertaken at Bridge Street footbridge over the summer months. The Project Team is aware of the inconvenience caused by the closure of both this footbridge and St Mary’s Mill footbridge. Both bridges will reopen to the general public on Monday 12th October – although it is worth noting that the adjacent flood defences are not complete and work will be continuing in the surrounding areas for some months.

Selkirk residents will be aware that a significant amount of work is currently underway in, and around, Bannerfield - with works at Angles Field, on the A707 outside the Community School, at the rugby pitch, on the new footbridge and around the Corbie Terrace and Cannon Street area. The Project Team is conscious that there is a huge amount of work going on and also that residents are keen to know what‘s happening and, perhaps more importantly, how long it will last. Community Meetings were held in August and September and, following discussion with residents, it has been agreed that regular monthly information evenings will be held on the first Wednesday of the month from 6.30 pm in the Community Centre – if you have any questions about the ongoing works in Bannerfield please feel free to pop along and speak to a member of the Project Team.

We have also set up two new Public Information areas in recent weeks – one at the Cross Keys community hub on the High Street and the other at Philiphaugh Community Centre. These areas will be regularly updated and from mid-October a member of the Project Team will be available at the Cross Keys community hub on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 1000 and 1400. Again, please drop in if you have any questions. You can also visit the Public Information Room at the Main Site Compound on South Bridge Street.

Issue 4 of our Main Works Newsletter is being distributed to all residential properties and businesses within the Ettrick Catchment (plus a few on the outskirts of Galashiels and Hawick) during late October and will be uploaded to this website soon after. Previous issues are available to view here. We hope you find these newsletters useful and informative and welcome any thoughts or comments you may have.

As always, If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions about any aspect of the Scheme please don’t hesitate to contact us through the feedback page – we will always respond, although given the scale and nature of the project this may take a few days. We have also added a Question & Answers section to the website where you can find answers to the questions which are frequently posed to the Project Team.
We hope you find this website useful and look forward to providing a further update about the Main Works in the coming months.

Conor Price
Senior Project Manager
October 2015


Photo of the Month - September 2015

Final Section of Bridge Street footbridge is lifted into place

Latest news

25/11 7.35pm - Scottish Water have now completed a repair and water supplies in the area affected should have returned to normal.

25/11 3.55pm - We are aware of a water outage in the Philiphaugh / Bannerfield area. Our engineers and Scottish Water are on site and are working on a repair. Apologies for any inconvenience. Updates will be posted in due course.

Thanks to those who attended today's site walkover in Bannerfield. If you were unable to attend but would like a member of the Project Team to talk through the Bannerfield works please get in touch via the feedback page.

Issue 4 of Main Works Newsletter. Click here

Bridge Street and St Mary's Mill footbridges reopen. Click here

Proposed programme of works for Work Section 1A - A708 Wall published. Click here for information.

October & September News updated. Click here

Project Programme page updated. Click here

Time lapse video of bridge installation now available to view. Click here

New progress photos added to the Photos pages

New public information area in the Cross Keys building on Selkirk High Street now open on Tuesday & Thursdays between 1000 & 1400. Please pop by if you have any questions about the Scheme.

Tree and vegetation clearance to start between Oregon Timber and the A7 and at Raeburn Place from 12th October. Click here

New Construction Updates. Click here

First of a series of regular information evenings held in Bannerfield - these will be held on the first Wednesday of the month, from 6.30pm in Philiphaugh Community Centre

Works in the river channel (i.e in the water) completed for 2015. Work in the water is restricted to June, July, August & September - a huge amount was acheived during the summer with further work to be undertaken next summer.

Car-park just off the A707 (between the rugby pitch & Philiphaugh Farm Cottages) to close for up to 27 weeks from 17th September to allow works on the new road bridge and burn realignment to proceed.

Bridge Street footbridge successfully installed. Click here

Work underway on Corby Linn Road (Work Section 26) - some traffic management in place and car park closed

Project Team holds a Community Meeting for those affected by works on the Long Philip Burn and through Bannerfield.

New FAQs added. Click here

Issue 3 of Main Works Newsletter. Click here

Work underway on embankments and the Long Philip Burn channel - Work Sections 28, 29 & 30 - at the triangular field at the A707 & A708

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