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.

Conor Price
Senior Project Manager
June 2015

Photo of the Month - September 2015


Final Section of Bridge Street footbridge is lifted into place

Latest news

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

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