Scroll down to view presentation from recent Lindean Community Meeting

The Scheme will be undertaking work to ‘open up’ the entrance to the secondary ‘back channel’ immediately upstream of Lindean Bridge and north of the main river channel. This work will allow the channel to take flow when the river level is at, or above, the 1 in 2 year flood level. Opening up this channel will increase the total available channel capacity at that point and will reduce the flood risk to the surrounding land and nearby properties. It is understood that this will have the most beneficial effect on the properties to the Lindean side of the river. 

Furthermore, this work will result in this channel being ‘self-cleansing’ – it will take flow relatively frequently and as such the risk of the channel and the associated bridge arch becoming blocked is reduced.  A blockage to channel at this bridge arch, either in the short-term by debris or longer-term by vegetation and gravel build-up, provides a major increase in local flood risk.

This work is part of the approved Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme and will therefore be taken forward during the summer of 2016 using the Scheme’s authority under the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009.  It is also authorised under the Scheme’s Controlled Activities Regulations (CAR) Licence and it is noted that such works in proximity to the water environment can only be undertaken between 1st June and 30th September ( i.e. out with the salmon spawning / migration period).

Proposed Additional Works

In addition, and further to discussions over the past few years, Scottish Borders Council has developed outline designs for the following:

  • An approximately 1.4m high embankment around Lindean Smithy. This embankment would tie into the A7 to the south and an existing retaining wall to the north. This would protect against flood events up to and including the 1 in 25 years (plus climate change) flood event.
  • An embankment, up to 2.3 m high, around Lindean Mill. Again, this would protect against flood events up to and including the 1 in 25 years (plus climate change) flood event.

The Lindean Smithy and Lindean Mill Embankments are not part of the approved Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme and as such cannot be taken forward under the Scheme’s authority. Scottish Borders Council would therefore advance this additional work under the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 as ‘Works by Agreement’.  The ability to take this work forward would be dependent on:

  • The availability and securing of funding. 
  • The granting of planning permission and all necessary licenses.
  • The explicit agreement and consent of all relevant land owners and occupiers.

The Scheme’s Project Team is working to take forward these additional flood protection embankments and secure the necessary permissions and licenses. We are also exploring possible sources of funding.

Request for Comment

If you have any thoughts or comments on these proposals, we would be pleased to receive these by Thursday 24th March such that we can undertake a full design review during the Spring.

Feedback can be provided via this website (click here) or you are welcome to visit our site offices on South Bridge Street.

Community Meeting

The Scheme’s Project Team recently met with Lindean residents to update them on proposals for Lindean. The presentation from this meeting can be viewed below: