Selkirk FPS Outline Design of the Preferred Scheme:
St. Mary’s Loch Public Notice Boards:
St. Mary’s Loch Working Group:
Long Philip Burn Natural Flood Management (NFM):
Public Exhibition No. 2:
St. Mary’s Loch Option:
There was a huge amount of work undertaken during April. The majority of this was done by Halcrow as they continue to develop the Outline Design. The main points of note are:
The Outline Design:
The SML Option & The SMLWG:
Natural Flood Management (NFM):
The Ground Investigation No. 2 site works was completed with all (approx.) 25 boreholes successfully drilled. Soil Mechanics are ongoing in analysing the information collected and are putting together their final reports. A number of site snags remain to be tidied up (e.g. a cleaning up exercise at the gravel carpark by Philiphaugh Community School and replacing a part of the wire mesh fence at the Community Recycling Centre).
The Topographic Survey No. 2 site works was completed and the Survey Team are currently finalising their final report.
With the data from the various surveys being fed back to the Project Team (as it becomes available) the Outline Design has been developing over the past few weeks. The Project Team are finally beginning to get a real handle on the engineering design that is seeing alignment and form of the flood protection measures for Selkirk take shape.
The Project Team commenced the consultation process required by the Outline Design Process. The first of these meetings was held on 24th March 2011 and dealt with the interaction of the proposed flood defence measures with the existing built and natural environments. The Council’s Landscape Office (Jim Knight), Heritage & Design Officer (Mark Douglas) and Bridges Engineer (Iain Williams) met with Halcrow's Design Team. Various issues were identified and it was agreed that some of these could not be resolved without consulting the people of Selkirk through the Public Exhibition. In particular, the interaction with the Bridge Street Footbridge and the interaction with Victoria Park. Outline Design work progressed with the determination of a new alignment for the Long Philip Burn restoration and advancing the structural design for the walls, embankments an erosion protection works.
During March the Battlefield at Philiphaugh was included in a new 'Inventory of Historic Battlefields' by Historic Scotland. For more information on this inventory CLICK HERE. It was also identified that a new project (an archaeological dig) is to be taken forward to map and interpret troop movements. For more information on this CLICK HERE. The Project Team recognise that there is a possible overlap between these issues and the flood protection scheme and therefore have established contact with Historic Scotland and the Public Community Project.
A lot of work was undertaken on developing the Natural Flood Management Strategy. The Project Team expended significant time searching for a 'Tool' that would allow the specific benefits of any NFM Measure be quantified and thus evaluated. This process is ongoing but it looks hopeful that we will able to draw on a piece of software designed by an English university.
The Project Team finally completed a number of new pages for the website, and specifically: The Flood Cells Overview Page, The Preferred Scheme Page and the Cell 7 - The SML Option Page. The design of other pages is ongoing.
The Ecology Survey's Baseline Report was completed in December 2010. The evaluation of the 400 odd pages in this report has been ongoing since and many specific recommendations are being considered by the Design Team as the Outline Design is being processed. There was however one specific recommendation which recommended the undertaking of an Otter Monitoring Survey. This is due to there being a possible Otter Holt in the close vicinity of where a new flood wall is proposed. The Project Board therefore authorised the undertaking of this new survey. Preparations are ongoing just now.
The SML Option is being progressed all the time with Halcrow continuing to work on the Feasibility Study. The main outcomes of this Study will be presented to the next SMLWG Meeting. For more info on the SMLWG CLICK HERE.
Halcrow have opened up the workload associated with the Outline Design on all fronts since 21st January. This process is now fully focused on the next major project milestone: the Public Exhibition No. 2 which is programmed for the early summer 2011. For more information on the Public Exhibition No. 2 please CLICK HERE. The outline design process began with a detailed assessment of all the site constraints and a subsequent determination of the preferred alignment of the defences and flow conveyance improvements, followed by updating the hydrology and predicted flood levels using the advanced computer models specifically developed for this project
The Project Team undertook a number of stakeholder days in Selkirk to discuss implications of the Outline Design with various stakeholders. Amongst those consulted on this occasion were: the Bannerfield Allotments, Ravensheugh, Ettrick Riverside, Careline Services Limited, Oregon Timber, Bookdonors, the Riverside Healthcare Centre, Alan Beattie, Philiphaugh Estate, the Philipburn House Hotel, Philiphaugh Community School, amongst others.
The Project Team also attended the Bannerfield Residents Association's AGM at the Philiphaugh Community School on 8th February 2011. The Team would like to thank the Association for the invitation and for the open and honest contributions of its members to the discussion of flooding in the Bannerfield Area. The Project Team recognise the various issues raised by the Association's members and in particular the build-up of a gravel island under the Bridge Street Footbridge and the associated erosion of the bank on the Bannerfield side of the bridge. The Project Team will look into how these issues affect flooding in Bannerfield and report back to the Association.
Arrangements for the Public Exhibition No. 2 - 'An exhibition to present the Draft Outline Design of the Selkirk FPS' - were advanced substantially. The exhibition has been arranged for Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th of May and will be held at the Philiphaugh Community School. Specific details of the exhibition will be advertised closer to the date.
The Ground Investigation No. 2 Contract was awarded to Soil Mechanics further to a competitive tender exercise. Site Works commenced on 21st February and due to the favourable dry weather conditions Soil Mechanics have been making good progress. They have based their Site Compound at the back corner of the Victoria Park carpark and will be visible in Selkirk until the end of March.
The Topographic Survey No. 2 Contract was awarded to Halcrow Group further to a competitive tender exercise. Site Works commenced on 14th February at a number of locations in Selkirk and around the perimeter of St. Mary's Loch. Surveyors will be busy mapping in detail the lie of the ground along the line of the proposed flood protection measures until early April.
The Structural Investigation and Survey No. 2 was undertaken through Halcrow's main design contract although it was necessary to engage the specialist services of Geckotech Solutions Ltd. to assist with the investigation of the two footbridges over the Ettrick in Selkirk. This survey was to determine the condition of a number of key existing structures such that the Project Team can determine the best means that the new flood protection measures can interact with these existing structures. All site works on this survey were completed during February and the survey teams are now writing up their final reports.
The Project Board determined, during the Board Meeting on January 20th that it would be sensible to undertake a Survey / Ground Truthing of the existing Public Utilities to feed into the Outline Design. There is normally a degree of flexibility as to when this work is undertaken and on many occasions this would not been undertaken until the Detailed Design Stage. In this instance the Project Board decided on the survey at this stage to ensure that the Project Design and Costs included in the Outline Design are as robust as possible. We believe this is critical during these harsher financial times. The scope of this piece of work is still being considered by the Project Team.
The Project Team began the difficult task of developing 'Cell No. 8 - Natural Flood Management (NFM)'. In the Preferred Scheme this was only an aspiration to undertake such NFM Measures are were deemed to be beneficial to Selkirk. The emphasis now is on finalising a process through which we can determine the specific benefit of these measures so we can pin-point the most beneficial measures for inclusion in the Scheme.
The 2nd meeting of the SMLWG was held on 24th February 2011. Please see the SMLWG Page for further information on this meeting. CLICK HERE.
The design of the SMLWG Newsletter was finalised, the first issue was drafted and then circulated to the Stakeholder Email List. Paper copies were also distributed through some members of the SMLWG in the Yarrow Valley.
The Environmental Impact Assessment Scoping exercise was ongoing. At this point the Scoping document has been submitted by Halcrow to SBC Planning and SBC Planning are undertaking a Statutory Consultation exercise.
Website Update: Apologies to all our visitors regarding a lack of updates since November – this has primarily been due to a combination of the Christmas holidays and severe weather – we will be undertaking a full update before the end of January
Proposed Scheme approval: The SBC Council Executive has reviewed the proposed preferred Flood Protection Scheme for Selkirk and, on 18th January 2011, unanimously and enthusiastically endorsed progression of the Scheme to outline design stage.
The Project Team have commenced with Stage 4 immediately after securing Approval of the Proposed Preferred Scheme from SBC Executive on the 18th January. This Stage takes the scheme through an Outline Design of the Preferred Scheme. Once the Outline Design has been substantially advanced a Public Exhibition will be held to present the design to the public in Selkirk. This is currently programmed for late April / early May 2011. In particular the following activities have commenced:
The Project Team are delighted with the amount of positive coverage received in the local media and note there were articles in The Southern Reporter, The Selkirk Weekend Advertiser, Border Telegraph, BBC News Website, Borders Radio and Borders TV. A Press Release was distributed through SBC Communications Team immediately after the SBC Executive Meeting. This was in response to requests from almost all the local media for further information on the scheme.
Please Click Here to view the Press Release.
As stated above the Project Team are delighted with the coverage the approval of the preferred scheme has received and hope that this coverage will only increase the desire of the people of Selkirk to become involved in assisting us in closing out the design and ultimately delivering the scheme.