News

December 2012

  • The Scheme’s Project Board meet and agree on the Project Team’s proposals to take forward the detailed design through 2013.
  • November 2012

  • The Project Team develop a plan and programme for taking forward the detailed design throughout 2013. This means that the Scheme will be fully designed, detailed and specified by January 2014, such that the Council could take forward the tendering process for constructing the Scheme in the first half of 2014. Construction of the flood protection works is still dependent on the Scottish Government confirming that Scheme funding is available. A decision on funding is expected in the summer of 2013.
  • A notable high flow event occurs on the Long Philip Burn on 22nd November, resulting in the Angles field filling with water and temporary closure of the A708.
  • The Project Team meet with a number of key landowners and stakeholders to identify constraints and opportunities that will arise during the detailed design.
  • October 2012

  • The deemed planning permission for the Scheme is granted by Scottish Ministers with a series of relatively standard conditions. This now means that only outstanding approval which is required is the third CAR licence and further discussion with SEPA and stakeholders takes place.
  • September 2012

  • Additional ecological survey information is gathered around St Mary’s Loch to help with the third CAR licence application
  • August 2012

  • The six week period for objection against the scheme’s process ends on 29th August and the scheme becomes operational. This means that the Council have the legal powers to implement the Scheme.
  • The necessary processes required to achieve deemed planning consent are commenced
  • May to July 2012

  • Two of the three licences required under the Controlled Activities Regulations (CAR) are granted by SEPA, which means that the engineering works in Selkirk and at St Mary’s Loch are able to be constructed. Further discussion with SEPA and other stakeholders over the third CAR licence takes place, which is associated with the proposed modifications to the level of St Mary’s Loch. Notification of scheme’s confirmation with a modification is made to all 1750 affected landowners on 19th July. This notification commences a six week period where objections can only be received with regard to the legal process through which the scheme has been published.
  • April 2012

  • The Project Team discuss the issues which led to the sole objector submitting their objection. A satisfactory conclusion was reached with a minor modification to the alignment of the proposed works and the objector formally withdrew their objection on 26th April.
  • March 2012

  • The period for receiving valid objections ended on 21st March 2012, with one valid objection received. This was considered to be a remarkable achievement, given the number of people potentially affected by the proposed works. The Project Team promptly began to discuss the issues associated with objection.
  • February 2012

  • The Project Team identified that there was a minor omission in the documentation submitted as part of the initial notification process and it was determined that the Scheme should be re-notified and re-advertised. The Scheme was re-notified on the 22nd February 2012
  • January 2012

  • The Project Team undertook a major exercise to determine the properties that may be affected by the Scheme. The legislation under which the Scheme is promoted makes it clear that all affected parties required to be notified of the intention to publish a flood protection scheme. A notification letter was sent to each of the 1750 addresses on the property database, advising that the scheme was being taken forward and that a 28 day period for objection applied. Advertisements were placed in the Border Telegraph, the Southern Reporter, the Selkirk Advertiser and the Edinburgh Gazette.