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.
If you have any questions about any aspect of the Scheme please don’t hesitate to contact us - will always respond. 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 finishing works and Community Art Projects in due course.
Photo of the Month - December 2016
Photo of the Month - November 2016
Photo of the Month - October 2016
Photo of the Month - September 2016
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Riverside Road flood wall with brick cladding to reflect the heritage of the Riverside mill buildings.
Photo of the Month - February 2016
Scottish Borders Council have issued an interim position statement regarding the level of flood protection provided by the Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme. Clickhere to read this statement.
We have uploaded a series of aerial photos from the last few years which show the scale of the work which has been undertaken since mid-2014 as part of the Selkirk Flood Protection Sheme. Click here to view these photos. More will be uploaded over the next few days.
A public exhibition of the 13 proposals for the Community Art Project will be held at Philiphaugh Community Centre on Monday 27 February from 1pm to 5pm and Tuesday 28 February from 11am to 7pm. This will be an opportunity to view the proposals and provide feedback and comments directly to the artists before they finalise their proposals ahead of the Stage 2 submission deadline in the middle of March. Click here for details of the proposals.
As we approach the Scheme's Official Opening, it seems appropriate to reflect on why the Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme is required. Click here to read about the history of flooding in Selkirk and to view a video of the main road bridge collapsing during the October 1977 flood.
Why wasn't the gravel island at Bridge Street footbridge removed during the SFPS works? Click here to find out.
The Project Team is currently visiting all of the local schools to talk to the children about the Scheme - why it is needed, how it works, why it took almost 10 years to plan, design and build etc. The first of these took place last week with Andrew Dinnett visiting Yarrow Primary School. After the presentation, the children and staff all signed a school t-shirt which will be put into our time capsule in a few days time. Next week, Andrew will be visiting Kirkhope Primary School.
Issue 9 of the Scheme's newsletter is available to view here
The Scheme's 'Infographics' can be viewed here
The Main Site Compound on South Bridge Street has now effectively closed with only a skeleton staff based on site. If you would like to contact the Project Team please use the feedback page or call Scottish Borders Council 0300 100 1800.
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Community Art Projects - the Scheme is looking for artists to design and install three public art installations at key locations next to the new flood defences. More information is available on the Creative Scotland website. The Scheme's Project Team is hosting another site visit for interested artists on Wednesday 26th October at 1pm, meeting at the South Bridge Street compound. If you plan to attend this please send a brief email to firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 News Page updated - click here
A community meeting was held for Bannerfield residents on Wednesday 10th August – click here to view the presentation.
Issue 8 of SFPS Newsletter - click here
The footpaths through Philiphaugh (Ettrickhaugh Road to the Waterwheel Café and Murray's Cauld), Bannerfield (A707 to Murray Place) and Riverside (South Bridge Street to Level Crossing Road) have now all reopened to the public. Please be aware that finishing works and some landscaping operations are continuing in these areas.
The Recycling Centre will reopen on Monday 25th July. Click here.
If you have any questions about the Scheme you can contact us via the the feedback page or by emailing email@example.com
The Scheme will be taking part in Selkirk Doors Open Day in September. More information to follow.
Dunsdale Haugh remains closed between Belmont Motors and Oregon Timber with traffic being diverted onto Level Crossing Road. The work to installed the new culvert units under the road is currently on programme and Dunsdale Haugh is expected to reopen in the late summer.
On 17th June the Common Riding cavalcade was able to return to its traditional route along Riverside Road and successfully ford the Ettrick Water. The Project Team met with the Common Riding Trust a number of times in advance of Common Riding Day to ensure any potential issues were resolved. A further meeting will be arranged in the coming weeks to allow a review to be undertaken to ensure any potential impacts on future Common Ridings are minimised.
The temporary road bridge at Corby Linn has now been removed and work on transforming the temporary access road into a new footpath is underway. A new footbridge will be installed across the Long Philip Burn where the temporary road bridge was and a new boardwalk will link this new footpath to Corby Linn Road.
Work on installing new erosion protection downstream of Bridge Street footbridge has now started. This erosion protection is not part of the Scheme and as such additional funding and SEPA licenses have been secured to allow it to be undertaken. The work is necessary as a result of erosion of this riverbank during the winter 15/16 storms.
The Public Information Room at the main site compound on South Bridge Street has been updated and there is now a full suite of progress photos available to view. Please pop by if you have any questions about the Scheme.
The new Ettrickhaugh Road footbridge is now open. The footpaths from this footbridge to the Cauld are also complete and the landscape through this area is starting to recover after a year of significant civil engineering works.
Scheme Landscaping Plans have been uploaded - click here.
New FAQ - Why is the gravel island at Bridge Street Footbridge not being removed? Click here for the answer.
Work starts on the construction of the new plaza areas at Bridge Street footbridge.
New footbridge across the Philiphaugh Mill Lade at Ettrickhaugh Road is installed.
The footbridge at Bannerfield allotments is closed to allow works to proceed in this area.
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.
Selkirk Library Information Area: 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.
New progress photos added to the Photos pages
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
New Construction Updates. Click here
Bridge Street footbridge successfully installed. Click here
SELKIRK DOOR OPEN DAY 2016 - SATURDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER: SITE WALKING TOURS AVAILABLE AT 10AM AND 11.30AM. PLEASE MEET AT THE SITE COMPOUND ON SOUTH BRIDGE STREET. MEMBERS OF THE PROJECT TEAM WILL LEAD THESE TOURS AND ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE.
Bannerfield Garden Challenge - Friday 2nd September. Meet at Philiphaugh Community Centre at 10am. Wear appropriate clothing, shoes etc. and bring a packed lunch. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided. The challenge will continue until approx. 4pm - any help will be gratefully received: it is not a problem if you can't commit to the full day. If you have any questions please call Sylvia Taylor (RJM Public Liaison Officer) on 07796 693 650.
The Project Team has met with the Common Riding Trust to discuss this year's event: the works along Riverside are substantially complete and the cavalcade will return to the normal route along Riverside Road. The Project Team will continue to meeting with the Trust on a regular basis to ensure any potential issues are resolved.
Dunsdale Haugh will close on Tuesday 3rd May for up to 20 weeks to allow essential works to proceed in front of Belmont Motors and Oregon Timber. During this closure traffic will be diverted onto Level Crossing Road via the new section of road which has been constructed through the old Community Recycling Centre site.
Temporary closure of Selkirk Community Recycling Centre from Monday 8th February - click here for more information.
Preparations for the full closure of Dunsdale Haugh at Oregon Timber are ongoing - this closure is expected to be required from late April. More information will be provided in due course.
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 on 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.
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.
The closing date for comments about proposed flood protection measures for Lindean is Thursday 24th March. Click here for more information.
RJ McLeod confirm that there is now no need for a full road closure on the A708 at Work Section 1A (at Old Mill Farm).
The Project Team will host a Community Meeting on Thursday 31st March for Corbie Terrace residents whose properties look onto the new flood protection wall. Invites, with more details, have been sent to the relevant properties.
The Project Team will host a Community Meeting for Riverside residents on Tuesday 5th April. Invites will be sent out in due course.
Raeburn Place to close between 8am and 6pm for five days from Monday 21st March. This closure is required to allow works on the Shaw Burn to proceed. During this closure a free shuttle bus will run between Raeburn Place and Market Place. Click here for more information.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.