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
The main construction works continue to progress well and are on programme for completion towards the end of the year. During 2015, 33 (out of 38) Work Sections were opened up and, at the time of writing, three Work Sections are complete and 15 are nearing completion with final snagging, reinstatement and planting ongoing.
During January RJ McLeod will commence work at Work Section 1A on the A708 (this will require a lane closure & temporary traffic lights) and in the coming months the final four Work Sections on the Shaw Burn and through Dunsdale Haugh will get underway. It is worth noting that works on Dunsdale Haugh will require a full road closure for an extended period during the summer months – a local diversion route, avoiding the town centre, is being planned and details will be provided in due course via this website and our regular newsletters. (Issue 5 of the Newsletter can be viewed here. Issue 6 will be published in early March).
In recent weeks the Scottish Borders, like many parts of the United Kingdom, has experienced several periods of heavy and prolonged rainfall which have resulted in high river levels and severe flooding in a number of areas - most notably (in the Borders) in Hawick during Storm Desmond in early December and in Peebles during Storm Frank in late December. While the eventual impact on Selkirk was far less severe, both storms caused water levels in the Ettrick Water to rise and both had the potential to cause significant flooding in low lying areas of the town – indeed, a small number of properties at Dunsdale Haugh and in Lindean did experience some localised flooding.
On Thursday 3rd December there was a flash event on the Long Philip Burn causing it to rise extremely quickly and burst its banks in a number of locations. The Scheme’s partially complete defences (new meandering channel and flood embankments) along the lower section of the burn together with the emergency measures implemented during this event prevented flooding in the Bannerfield area. It is estimated that there was twice as much water in the Long Philip Burn system than the old channel could have coped with.
During Storm Desmond on Saturday 5th December, the flood risk moved from the Long Philip Burn to the Ettrick Water. The river level increased throughout the day and peaked at 2.84m at approx. midnight. The Project Team’s assessment is that the river levels experienced during Storm Desmond would, historically, have caused flooding.
During Storm Frank on 30th December, the water level in the Ettrick Water rose again and peaked at 2.94 metres in the early evening. This is understood to be the highest water level in the Ettrick since October 1977 when it peaked at 3.08 metres, severe flooding was experienced and the main road bridge collapsed. Had this river level been experienced prior to the Scheme being constructed, severe flooding would have resulted.
The recent adverse weather has tested the Scheme’s defences - it is rare for partially complete flood protection scheme’s to be tested by relatively high flow events during the construction period, and even rarer for them to be tested repeatedly. The initial assessment is that on each occasion the defences have operated as they were designed to, however the Project Team is surveying the defences and reviewing the available data to assess any impacts and identify if any remedial works or alterations are required. Furthermore, the St Mary’s Loch Intelligent Water Management System, which became operational late last year, also operated as per the design and appears to have reduced the peak water levels in Yarrow and Ettrick Waters during, and after, each storm.
The Project Team closely monitors the weather forecasts and predicted river levels and during storms like those experienced last month, is in close contact with the council’s Emergency Planning Team to ensure that an appropriate response is provided. Throughout such storm events updates are provided on this site via the red box at the top of the page.
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. You are also welcome to pop into our offices on South Bridge Street where a member of the Project Team will be available (during office hours) to answer any questions you may have.
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 - December 2015
Ettrick Water during Strorm Frank on 30th December 2015, at St. Mary's Mill footbridge.
Photo of the Month - November 2015
New meandering Long Philip Burn channel through Angles Field and initial replanting works.
Bannerfield Information Evening will be held on Wednesday 3rd
February at 6.30pm in Philiphaugh Community Centre. Let us
know via the feedback
page if you have any questions about the works through Bannerfield and
we'll provide the answers next Wednesday.
New road layout on the A707 and A708 around the triangular field. Rights of Way have changed, with traffic coming from Corby Linn or the hotel now required to give way to traffic already on Linglie Road (the A708). Particular attention should be given to the new road markings.
UPDATE: Cross Keys Information Area: This facility is now closed to allow repairs to be undertaken in the building. From January 2016 a new Information Area will open at Selkirk Library. A member of the Project Team will be available at the library on Thursdays between 2pm and 3.30pm and on Fridays between 12noon and 2pm. Please pop by if you have any questions about the Scheme.
The works in front of Oregon Timber, which will require the closure of Dunsdale Haugh, will be undertaken during the summer. Contrary to some press reports, there will be no closure of Dunsdale Haugh in February.
Temporary closure of Selkirk Community Recycling Centre from Monday 8th February - click here for more information.
Resurfacing works are to be undertaken at the junction of the A707 and A708 and over the new road bridge (at Philiphaugh Community School) on Thursday 14th January. Traffic Management will be in operation and some delays are likely.
FRM Strategies Launch - Click here to watch a video about the launch and the new strategies.
The Minister for the Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform - Dr Aileen McLeod MSP - visited Selkirk this morning, Monday 11th January, to launch the Scottish Government's new Flood Risk Management Strategies. The launch event was held at the Scheme's Main Site Compound and was also attended by Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Calum Kerr MP, Cllr David Parker and SEPA CEO Terry A'Hearn. Click here for more information.
WS-1A A708 Flood Protection Wall: Work to commence on Monday 11th January. Lane Closure and Temporary Traffic Lights will be in operation.
New FAQ - Why is the gravel island at Bridge Street Footbridge not being removed? Check back soon for the answer.
New progress photos added to the Photos pages
Issue 5 of Main Works Newsletter. Click here
Information about the Scheme's response to the adverse weather in early December and the high flow events on the Long Philip Burn and Ettrick Water is available on our 2015 News Page. Click here
Click here to read a BBC News article on Selkirk FPS works at St Mary's Loch.
Click here to read a Selkirk Weekend Advertiser article on the recent storms and high river levels through Selkirk.
Click here to read a Border Telegraph article on the recent adverse weather and high river levels through Selkirk and how the partially complete Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme prevented flooding.
October & November News updated. Click here
Following a 4 week consultation period, plans for WS-1A, A708 Flood Wall are now being finalised. Work will commence in January 2016. Thanks to those who responded to the consulation - all responses are now being reviewed. Click here for information.
Project Team holds a meeting with residents of Lindean to provide an update on the Scheme and works to be undertaken in 2016.
Project Team holds a Community Meeting for Ettrickhaugh Road residents to provide an update on works in this area. These works are expected to be completed in Spring 2016.
The A707 road bridge (at the school) is partially reopened with traffic being controlled by temporary traffic lights. A section of the A708 is currently closed with a localised diversion around the 'Angles Field' in place.
Bridge Street and St Mary's Mill footbridges reopen. Click here
Project Programme page updated. Click here
Time lapse video of bridge installation now available to view. Click here
Tree and vegetation clearance undertaken between Oregon Timber and the A7 and at Raeburn Place - this work is in preparation for the main works starting here in early 2016.
New Construction Updates. Click here
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
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Thanks to those who
attended the site walkover in Bannerfield in October. 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.
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.
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
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
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.