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.
At the time of my last update, Scottish Borders Council had just awarded the Main Works Contract to RJ McLeod (Contractors) Ltd, work was ongoing in finalising plans for the delivery of the main construction works and work had just started on setting up our main site compound at South Bridge Street. We are now fully established in Selkirk and with each passing week additional workforce and machinery arrives on site to meet our programmed requirements – we now have over 130 people employed by the Scheme, a number of whom are local to Selkirk, and dozens of pieces of plant and machinery, big and small, in use across the Scheme.
The summer period will see activity peak in a number of areas as we seek to take advantage of the good summer weather (hopefully!). There are now works ongoing in 15 of the Scheme’s 38 work sections and works have been completed in one section (WS-36 at St. Mary’s Loch). More work sections will be completed through the coming months and it will be important to take a full review of progress by the end of 2015. That said, it is worth noting that the first key completion milestone at St. Mary’s Loch (which is programmed to be operational by November thereby ensuring that its flood risk reduction capacity is realised before the onset of another winter storm season) is on programme.
The arrival of June meant that we were able to begin work in the water environment: over the past few weeks we have installed a temporary dam across the northern channel of the Ettrick Water (at the gravel island at Bridge Street footbridge) and have now started work on constructing the piers and abutments for the new footbridge (which will be installed later in the summer). Activity in the river will continue until the end of September and throughout this period there is a risk of some sediment release and discolouration downstream although measures are in place to manage this risk.
In April, Issue 2 of our Main Works Newsletter was distributed to all residential properties and businesses within the Ettrick Catchment (plus a few in Galashiels and Hawick whose postcodes overlap boundaries). The positive response to this has led us to continue with this catchment-wide distribution. Issue 3 is being distributed from 13th July and can be read here. We hope you find these newsletters useful and informative and welcome any thoughts or comments you may have.
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.
Senior Project Manager
Photo of the Month - September 2015
Final Section of Bridge Street footbridge is lifted into place
Issue 4 of Main Works Newsletter to be distributed in mid-October - this will be uploaded to the website soon after.
August News Updated. Click here
Time lapse video of bridge installation being prepared - check back soon to watch
Proposed programme of works for Work Section 1A - A708 Wall being finalised. This will be published on this site in the next few weeks for review and comment
New Public Information area to open on Selkirk High Street in mid-October. Details to follow.
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. Work now underway to construct access ramps and steps to allow the bridge to open towards the end of the month. 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
Works ongoing in the river - risk of sediment release & downstream discolouration. Measures in place to manage this risk.
Work underway on embankments and the Long Philip Burn channel - Work Sections 28, 29 & 30 - at the triangular field at the A707 & A708
Pre-start surveys ongoing. If you have received a letter about this and haven't responded please call us on 01750 725 448.
Modifications at A708 junction at bottom of Corby Linn Road complete - road now reopened under 4-way traffic lights. A707 bridge now closed until December 2015 - temporary traffic lights in operation and diversion via A708 junction. All signposted. Delays likely.
Work Section 37 - St Mary's Loch Spillway & Fish-way - substantially complete
New Construction Updates. Click here
Work Section 36: Bowerhope Road Raising - COMPLETE
Public Information Room at Site Compound on South Bridge Street is open: 9am til 5pm Mon - Thurs and 9am til 4pm Fridays
Bridge Street Footbridge closed until Sept. 2015
Project Team issues warning about the dangers of construction sites in advance of the school holidays. Click here
Piling at Ettrickhaugh Road completed
Common Riding cavalcade safely passes through the site at Work Section 15
Issue 3 of Main Works Newsletter to be sent to all Selkirk addresses next week - let us know through the feedback page if you would like a copy via email
Dunsdale Haugh resurfacing work successfully completed - No issues reported
Main Works Newsletter Issue 1 – click here to read
Project Team meets with Paul Wheelhouse MSP and provides a full briefing on the Scheme and the progress of the Main Construction Works
Full road closure at Dunsdale Haugh for resurfacing works between Belmont Motors & Allied Storage - Saturday 27th June 12 noon till midnight
Significant works on the A708 bridge to the west of the triangular field from Monday 15th June. A local diversion will be in place.
Closure of A708 postponed – click here for details
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
Garden Clearance work on Ettrickhaugh Road to start on 3 December
Ettrickhaugh Road area community meeting held on 2 December
Full Closure of Dunsdale Haugh required from Monday 24th November – Click here to details
Corby Linn Temporary Road bridge installed – click here to see time-lapsed footage of installation.
Selkirk Community Recycling Centre reopened – access via new access road
Bridge Street footbridge closed for installation of temporary PU bridge – click here for details
Water & Gas pipes fed through sleeves under the Ettrick
Major work immediately downstream of footbridge to lay 4 sleeves under the Ettrick
ridge Street footbridge to close from Monday 30th June - diversion routes will be clearly signed
Paul Wheelhouse MSP officially starts construction of the Scheme. Please CLICK HERE for more information.
Advance Works get underway. Please CLICK HERE for more information.