News

December 2013

  • On the 12th of December the Council received an invite from the Scottish Government to apply for funding for the Scheme. The application for this funding must be submitted by Tuesday 21st January 2014 and it hoped that the Council will hear the outcome by the middle of February. If the application is successful the Scottish Government will provide 80% of the funds required to plan, design and construct the Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme, leaving the Council to fund the remaining 20%.
  • The project team met with SBC’s Archaeologist to discuss the archaeological investigations which will be required in the ‘Angles Field’ and ‘Old Mill Farm’ areas early in the New Year. The exact nature of the investigations – trial trenches and metal detecting – was discussed as was the process for appointing a specialist contractor to undertake the work.
  • The project team met with SBC’s Bridge Engineer to discuss the replacement of the LPB Cottages Bridge (the bridge at the eastern side of the ‘Angle’s Field’, near the Community School) and the replacement of the Bridge Street footbridge.
  • A Community Meeting was held at Philiphaugh Community School for the residents of Corbie Terrace, Cannon Street, Linglie Road and Bridge Street areas. The purpose of this meeting was to update residents of the Scheme, the proposed replacement of the Bridge Street footbridge and how the works are likely to affect them. A similar Community Meeting is being arranged for February for the residents of the St. Mary’s Loch area.
  • Throughout the early winter KPMG undertook a full review of the processes developed and used by the project team to prepare the Total Scheme Cost estimate. KPMG will report to the Project Board early in the New Year.
  • The District Valuer prepared a full and final revision of the Land and Compensation Estimate.
  • Discussions continued with Scottish Water regarding the sale of Scottish Water assets at the St. Mary’s Loch outlet to the Council.
  • The project team held Design Review Meeting 4 during which a number of key design decisions were made and many more routine issues relating to the detailed design were discussed and overcome.
  • November 2013

  • The project team met with SBC’s Emergency Planning Manager and Flood Risk Manager to discuss proposals for managing the level of St Mary’s Loch and controlling flow through the outlet structure. The proposed method for controlling the operation of the outlet structure and for future maintenance was also reviewed and discussed.
  • The project team met with the team constructing the Murray’s Cauld Hydro Scheme to discuss the interactions between the two projects.
  • The project team attended ‘The Future of Selkirk’ Open Day at Victoria Hall – this was a valuable opportunity to update and interact with members of the community and other Selkirk-based organisations, businesses and projects.
  • The Project Board requested that a full independent review of the method and process adopted by the project team to prepare the Total Scheme Cost estimate be undertaken. Discussions began with KPMG regarding this.
  • The project team held meetings with a number of SBC departments including SBC Parks and SBC Communications.
  • A meeting was held with officers from all of SBC’s environment teams to review and discuss the proposed environmental design features including ‘hard’ features such as wall finishes and ‘soft’ landscaping features.
  • October 2013

  • The planform of the restored Long Philip Burn was finalised during a workshop with SEPA. During this the geomorphology of the burn was discussed - the aim is to achieve something close to long-term sediment stability.
  • A presentation of Scheme Opportunities was delivered to the Environment and Infrastructure Director and Heads of Service at SBC. An ‘opportunity’ is something which the scheme may be able to achieve or deliver at little or no additional cost and which may not be directly related to flood prevention. An example may be the incorporation of a level area into the side of the Riverside embankment to provide a platform to watch the Common Riding from.
  • A decision was taken to the replace Bridge Street footbridge which links the Riverside and Bannerfield areas – previously the intention was to undertake work to upgrade and strengthen the existing bridge. The design team is now advancing the detailed design of this new bridge and is resolving lots of design queries. The team has also undertaken a robust whole-life cost analysis of the bridge and is engaging with public utility providers whose services are connected to the footbridge.
  • A procurement meeting was held to commence the planning for the Main Works Contract which will be awarded during Stage 7 of the project.
  • Meetings were held with several Scottish Borders Council departments to discuss the interaction of the Scheme with their services. These included meetings with SBC Parks, SBC Legal, SBC Access and SBC Bridges.
  • A meeting was held with the team delivering the Bannerfield Play-park Project to discuss further how the two projects can work together during 2014.
  • Meetings were held with a number of stakeholders including residents of Corbie Terrace and Ettrickhaugh Road and the owners of Oregon Timber and Philiphaugh Steading.
  • A full tree survey was undertaken to identify individual trees which will need to be felled during construction of the scheme. For each tree felled during the works, two will be planted as near as possible to the felling location on completion of the works.
  • A Risk Workshop was held – this allowed the project team to review the project’s Risk Register and identify any amendments required. By doing this, the team can both minimise the possibility of risks being realised during the delivery of the scheme and can take proactive steps to limit the impact of any which do occur.
  • September 2013

  • Significant progress was made with Scottish Water in advancing the agreement between the Council and Scottish Water regarding the work at St. Mary’s Loch. Discussions are ongoing regarding the land value, the fish pass and the condition of the bridge.
  • Meetings were held with a number of Scottish Borders Council departments to discuss the flood protection scheme in relation to their work. These included SBC Ecology, SBC Landscape and SBC Built Environment.
  • Stakeholder meetings were held with representatives of Philiphaugh Estate, UPM TilHil and Scottish Enterprise. Meetings were also held with residents of Ettrickhaugh Road.
  • The project team concluded the Title/Ownership Investigation which had been undertaken by Millar & Bryce. This was an important process as it ensures the team is engaging with the correct individuals / parties during land discussions and negotiations.
  • The team completed a full revision of the Land & Compensation Estimate which will be incorporated into the overall project budget.
  • Andrew Dinnett joined the Project Team as a Graduate Engineer.
  • August 2013

  • The Scottish Borders Council Environment and Infrastructure Director and relevant Heads of Service visited Selkirk with the Project Manager. A site walk-over, lead by the Project Manager, was undertaken and the Scheme proposals highlighted to them.
  • Stage 6 Design Review Meeting No. 1 was held. The Scheme’s Design Manager delivered a presentation outlining a number of technical design proposals which were then discussed.
  • The Project Team met with a number of landowners and stakeholders to update them on the Scheme and discuss any issues relevant to their land, property or business. Such meetings were held with RP Adams Ltd, HGS UK, Scottish Water, Selkirk Community Recycling Centre, Belmont Motors, A R Scott Sheds and Buccleuch Cleaners. Several meetings with local residents specifically affected by the Scheme also took place.
  • July 2013

  • The Project Board met to discuss various issues and undertake a detailed review of the time and cost plan.
  • The Land and Compensation estimate is received from the District Valuer. The Project Manager met with the District Valuer to discuss this before the Project Team met with SBC Estates to review this estimate.
  • The Project Team met with SEPA to discuss the works on the Long Philip Burn.
  • June 2013

  • The Project Manager attended the Selkirk Common Good Fund Sub Committee and provided an overview of the Scheme to attendees.
  • SBC purchased the site of the derelict Bridgehaugh Dye-works – the intention is to use this site as the main Site Compound during construction of the Scheme.
  • The Project Manager met with the Project Manager of the Bannerfield Playpark Project – both provided an update on their respective projects.
  • May 2013

  • The Project Team met with the Project Manager of the proposed Bannerfield Play Park Project to discuss initial plans and collaborative working.
  • The Project Team continued the process of identifying land ownership details within the scheme Limit of Land Affected.
  • A community meeting was held showcasing the proposed plans and possible opportunities for the Long Philip Burn river restoration.
  • The Project Team met with a number of SBC Departments including SBC Legal, SBC Development Planning and SBC Geographic Information Systems.
  • April 2013

  • The final stages of the Ground Investigation survey are concluded, Halcrow to collate the information and produce a report.
  • Scottish Borders Council submitted an offer to purchase the site of the derelict Bridgehaugh Dye-works.
  • The Project Team met with a number of SBC Departments, including SBC Legal, SBC Procurement and SBC Street lighting.
  • The Project Manager visited Flood Protection Schemes in the Moray Council and Highland Council areas.
  • March 2013

  • The Scheme’s Project Board met – the Project Team presented the Stage 6 Strategy after which a full discussion took place.
  • An update was given to the Environment and Infrastructure Committee on 21st March highlighting all the key approvals and milestones reached. The Project Team were praised for all their efforts.
  • The Project Manager undertook a site visit of the White Cart Water FPS in Glasgow – such visits are important as they allow lessons learnt from previous projects of a similar nature to be applied to the Scheme.
  • February 2013

  • A Ground Investigation survey was commenced in various areas of Selkirk to determine the ground condition. This will continue until April.
  • The Project Team met with residents of Lindean to discuss potential Flood Protection measures which could be implemented around Lindean – such work would not form part of the Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme.
  • January 2013

  • The Project Team met with the SBC Procurement to discuss the strategy for scheme delivery. Meetings also took place with other SBC departments to discuss developer contributions.
  • A community meeting was held at Selkirk Rugby Football Club for the residents of Ettrickhaugh Road. The Project Team gave a presentation outlining the work which will take place in this area. This was followed by a question and answer session.
  • The Project Team met with several landowners and stakeholders to provide an update on the Scheme’s progress.