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.

The headline news is that after 5 years of design and planning and an eight month procurement and competitive tendering process, Scottish Borders Council has awarded the Main Works Contract for the Scheme to RJ McLeod (Contractors) Ltd. – a Glasgow based civil engineering firm. Work is currently underway to finalise plans for the Main Works and in February preparation of the Main Site Compound on South Bridge Street will start. Construction work is expected to start in late February / early March

This important milestone for the project is an ideal opportunity to reflect on why the Scheme is necessary – i.e. to protect approximately 700 individual residences and 120 businesses (which employ approx. 1500 people) as well as critical infrastructure from flooding from the Ettrick and Yarrow Waters, the Mill Lade, the Long Philip Burn and the Shaw Burn.   The project team’s primary responsibility is to deliver the Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme on time, on budget and as approved in 2012 by Scottish Borders Council under the Flood Risk Management Act (2009) Scotland Act. This Act gives the Council the authority to do what is required to deliver flood protection to those properties and businesses which are at risk from flooding.

That said, the Scheme is being taken forward by the Council for the people of Selkirk and as such it has always been, and continues to be, important that the local community is involved in the project. If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions 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 will soon be adding a Question & Answers section to the website where we will post the answers to frequently asked questions.

We hope you find this website useful and look forward to providing a further update about the Main Works in the next few weeks. In addition, now that the detailed design of scheme is all but complete and with the appointment of the Main Works Contractor we will be able to update sections of the website to include more details of what will we be doing, where we are doing it and, perhaps most importantly, when.

Conor Price
Senior Project Manager
February 2015

Latest news

2014 News Updated

Closure of A708 postponed – click here for details

Main Works Newsletter Issue 1 – click here to read

SBC Press Release regarding programme of works – click here to read

Closure of A708 to take effect on Monday 2nd March for 15 weeks

Main Works to start in late February. Full closure of A708 will be required – more details to follow.

Pre-start property surveys to commence in early February. Those affected will be contacted directly by the project team

Work to start on setting up main site compound at South Bridge Street on in early February

Ettrickhaugh Road garden clearance works nearing completion

Corby Linn Road to close from Monday 12th January – temporary access road will be open

Dunsdalehaugh Road closure lifted on programme on 19th December – temporary traffic lights now in use

Contract formally awarded to RJ McLeod – Main Works officially start on 5th January

RJ MacLeod named as preferred bidders for Main Works Contact – click here for details

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