News

July 2016

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June 2016

  • As in previous months, the Scheme held an information evening at Philiphaugh Community Centre for Bannerfield residents.
  • The Project Team attended a meeting of the Ettrick and Yarrow Community Council and provided an update on the main construction works.
  • In preparation for the Common Riding, in early June RJ McLeod undertook minor re-landscaping works and installed a basic post and rail fence between the flood gate and the Ettrick Water crossing point. This work was agreed during meetings with the Common Riding Trust in April and May and was intended to ensure the Common Riding was not adversely affected by the new flood defence infrastructure.
  • On Common Riding Day – Friday 17th June – the cavalcade successfully rode along Riverside Road and forded the Ettrick Water. The Project Team was available on the morning to assist with stewarding and deal with any scheme related issues which arose.  Our observations are that no significant issues were encountered – this is supported by the positive feedback we have received from various sources in recent weeks. A further meeting with the Common Riding Trust will take place in the late summer to allow a full review to be undertaken.
  • The Project Team met with the residents of the Philiphaugh Farm Cottages to discuss reinstatement proposals for the area in front of these properties.
  • As part of its community benefits commitments, the Scheme is taking forward a ‘Bannerfield Community Initiative’. This is intended to benefit those who live, go to school, or work in Bannerfield both now and in the years to come. Proposals include a small community garden, a network of signposted running routes or, the provision of an Automated Defibrillator (AED).  A questionnaire about this initiative was sent to all Bannerfield residents during June.
  • In late June, before the start of the school holidays, members of RJ McLeod’s team visited Knowepark Primary School and spoke to pupils about site safety and the dangers of construction sites.
  • Masonry cladding work on the A708 Flood Protection Wall (Work Section 1A) was completed and initial reinstatement work undertaken allowing the temporary traffic lights on the A708 to be removed.
  • Finishing and ‘snagging’ works continued through Philiphaugh, at Victoria Park and through the Riverside corridor from Bridge Street footbridge along to the flood defence tie in to high ground behind the new Oregon Timber factory.
  • RJ McLeod completed the new footpaths through Bannerfield at Work Sections 8 and 9.
  • At the new plaza area to the north of Bridge Street footbridge, work on laying the new paving commenced. Work also commenced on the plaza area on the Riverside end of the footbridge: a new pedestrian diversion through a section of the main site compound was established and works on forming the concrete steps and ramps got underway.
  • At the new recycling centre, concrete works on the central wall and the service area were completed. Works on the high level public road, drainage, fencing, CCTV and lighting commenced.
  • On Dunsdale Haugh, RJ McLeod continued work on the Work Section 22 flood protection wall and on the installation of the new culvert units at Work Section 25 in front of Oregon Timber.
  • Reinstatement works continued at Raeburn Place (Work Section 23), as did construction of the Work Section 24 flood protection wall adjacent to the A7 behind Oregon Timber.
  • Corby Linn Road was reopened to traffic at its junction with the A708 and the bridge on the temporary access road was removed. The temporary access road will be ‘narrowed’ to form a new footpath and a new footbridge and boardwalk will be installed to connect into Corby Linn Road. Masonry cladding work on the flood protection wall continued.
  • The flood protection wall in front of Philiphaugh Farm Cottages and behind the Burn Mill Yard was completed. The footpaths from the carpark in the area to the Burn Mill footbridge were also completed.
  • The reinstatement of the Angles Field Material Processing Area continued with the volume of material passing though this area continuing to decrease.

May 2016

  • The Scheme held its monthly Bannerfield Information Evening at Philiphaugh Community Centre where it provided an update on the works through Bannerfield. The Project Team also attended the Selkirk Community Council meeting providing a full update and answering questions from community councillours and members of the public.
  • A group of S2 pupils from Selkirk High School visited the Scheme for a site tour and a question and answer session with members of the Project Team.
  • A further meeting between the Project Team and the Common Riding Trust took place to review progress between the flood gate and the Ettrick Water crossing point.
  • A group from Falkirk Council visited the Scheme for a site tour and a Q&A session with the Selkirk FPS project management team. Falkirk Council are taking forward a flood protection scheme for Grangemouth and this site visit was intended as an opportunity to learn lessons from the Selkirk FPS.
  • The Project Team visited Knowepark Primary School and spoke to P5s about the Scheme and how what they are learning at school relates to the world of engineering.
  • As part of Borders Science Festival, the Project Team led a ‘Build a Bridge’ workshop at Selkirk Library.
  • RJ McLeod started work to tie the A708 flood protection wall into the Old Mill Farm embankment (Work Sections 1 & 2, respectively). Masonry cladding work also continued.
  • Finishing and ‘snagging’ works continued through Philiphaugh (Work Sections 2, 3, 4 and 5), at Victoria Park and along the Riverside corridor (Work Sections 12, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18) and through the new Long Philip Burn park area (Work Sections 28, 29 & 30). These Work Sections are substantially complete, with only minor (landscaping) works ongoing, and as such they are now open to the public.
  • Reinstatement of the Ettrickhaugh Road site compound continued.
  • In Bannerfield, the Work Section 8 - Bannerfield South Embankment (next to the play park), and the Work Section 11 – Cannon Street Embankment, were grass seeded. Work of the new footbridge plaza area also continued with drainage work being undertaken, the new concrete steps being formed and work on the eastern approach ramp beginning.
  • The Level Crossing Road extension was completed and the temporary Community Recycling Centre access road was upgraded to permanent standards. Dunsdale Haugh was closed to allow works in front of Belmont Motors and Oregon Timber to commence with traffic diverted on to Level Crossing Road.
  • Work on the new Community Recycling Centre continued – work on the central wall was completed and work on forming the new high level public route through the centre commenced. RJ McLeod also started work on the constructing the reinforced concrete service area.
  • On Dunsdale Haugh, the seepage cut off for the Work Section 22 flood protection wall was installed – in this area steel sheet piles are being used for seepage protection. Construction of the reinforced concrete wall also commenced.
  • The closure of Dunsdale Haugh also allowed activity to start at Work Section 25 (Oregon Timber Secondary Culverting). The Shaw Burn currently runs through a culvert under Oregon’s yard and Dunsdale Haugh – the existing culvert is only capable of taking approximately half the maximum flow in the burn and as such there is a risk of it backing up and causing the Shaw Burn to come out of bank. To remove this risk a second culvert is being installed. This work is being done in 5 phases, with phase 1 being the section under Dunsdale Haugh and part of Oregon’s yard.
  • Behind Oregon Timber, at Work Section 24, construction of the flood protection wall adjacent to the A7 continued.
  • At Corby Linn Road, the final section of the Work Section 27 flood protection wall was constructed. This wall ties into the western end of the southern flood embankment at Angles Field.  RJ McLeod also undertook work to tie the eastern end of this embankment into the wingwall of the new A707 road bridge. This work at each end of this embankment effectively closed this length of flood defence and delivered protection to the Ettrickhaugh Road area from flooding from the Long Philip Burn.
  • The new Philiphaugh Farm Cottages and Burn Mill footbridges were installed and the newly realigned Long Philip Burn channel between these two bridges was connected into the ‘live’ channel.
  • The embankment adjacent to the allotments was completed and works on the footpaths in this area continued.
  • Work on the flood protection wall in front of Philiphaugh Farm Cottages and behind the Burn Mill yard continued (Work Section 34).

April 2016

  • The Project Team met with members of the Common Riding Trust to begin making preparations for this year's event. The expectation is that the cavalcade with return to its traditional route along Riverside Road this year. A full review of the area between the flood gate and the Ettrick Water crossing point was undertaken and some minor landscaping works were agreed.
  • The Project Team met with residents of Riverside Road to discuss finishing and landscaping works.
  • The construction of the reinforced concrete core of the A708 Flood Protection Wall (Work Section 1A) was completed. Masonry cladding work continued.
  • Through Philiphaugh (Work Sections 2, 3, 4 & 5) finishing and 'snagging' works continued. At Work Section 6 (Ettrickhaugh Road), the temporary Philiphaugh Mill Lade dam was removed and work to reinstate the site compound got underway.
  • RJ McLeod continued work on the flood defences through Bannerfield (Work Sections 8 & 9). The last of the impermeable clay ‘core’ for the embankments was placed and ‘topsoiling’ work continued. The construction of the new footpaths on top of the embankments also continued.
  • At Work Section 10 (Bannerfield North Wall), behind Corbie Terrace, the final section of the flood protection wall was constructed. The completion of this section of wall means that Bannerfield is now protected from a 1 in 200 years (plus climate change) flood event from the Ettrick.  Work on the Bridge Street footbridge north plaza continued with pedestrian traffic switched on the western ramp and work on the new steps commencing.
  • Reinstatement and landscaping works at the Cannon Street embankment (Work Section 11) continued.
  • Through the Riverside corridor (Work Sections 14, 15, 16 & 17) reinstatement and ‘snagging’ work continued. At Work Section 18, construction of the Level Crossing Road extension continued as did work at the new community recycling centre.
  • At Work Section 18, behind the new Oregon Timber facility, the final sections of the flood protection wall were completed and reinstatement and landscaping works continued.
  • Work on installing new culverts on sections of the Shaw Burn in front of Carrs Billington (Work Section 20) and opposite Belmont Motors (Work Section 22) was completed.
  • At Raeburn Place (Work Section 23) work on installing the new concrete channel units was completed. Work continued on installing a new sewer pipe and new gabion baskets.
  • Behind Oregon Timber, RJ McLeod commenced work on a new flood protection wall adjacent to the A7 (Work Section 24).
  • At Corby Linn Road, masonry cladding work on the flood protection wall continued as did general reinstatement works in this area.
  • The ‘plaza’ entrance area to the new Long Philip Burn park area was completed and seeding and landscaping work through this park area continued.
  • Work on forming the new realigned Long Philip Burn channel between the allotments and the Burn Mill footbridge was completed. The abutments for both this footbridge and the Philiphaugh Farm Cottage footbridge were also completed while work on the embankments in this area also finished.
  • At Burn Mill, the construction of the flood protection wall between the two footbridges (Work Section 34) continued and the embankment between the A707 and Burn Mill footbridge was completed.
  • At the Angles Field Material Processing Area, initial reinstatement work commenced while processing operations remained ongoing.

March 2016

  • Works on the Shaw Burn at Raeburn Place will require the road to be closed between 8am and 6pm for five days from Monday 21st March.  A free shuttle bus service will run between Raeburn Place and Market Place as the usual bus service will be diverted along Ettrick Terrace. The shuttle bus will depart from Market Place at 8.03am and will run throughout the day until 6pm.
  • Construction of the flood protection wall at Work Section 1A, adjacent to the A708, was substantially completed with work on the masonry cladding getting underway.
  • The new footbridge at Ettrickhaugh Road was installed. Landscaping and finishing works continued through Philiphaugh (Work Sections 2, 3, 4 & 5).
  • Works on the embankments through Bannerfield (Work Section 8 & 9) continued and construction of new footpaths and planting started.
  • RJ McLeod continued work on the new plaza area at the north side of Bridge Street footbridge with the construction of the western ramp.
  • Finishing work on the Cannon Street embankment (Work Section 11) remained ongoing.
  • Finishing and landscaping works continued through the Riverside corridor (Work Sections 14, 15, 16 and 17) along Riverside Road and Level Crossing Road.
  • The flood protection wall at Work Section 18, behind the Recycling Centre site, was compeleted and landscaping works on the wet-side of this wall commenced.
  • The construction of the new recycling centre continued with the construction of the central wall (which will seperate the high level public area from the low level 'service' area). The construction of the Level Crossing Road extension through the old recycling centre site also continued. 
  • Work on the 'tie-in' behind the old Co-op NGT warehouse continued with the construction of the final sections of flood protection wall in this area. Reinstatement and landscaping works also continued here.
  • Work on 'closing' the 'open' section of the Shaw Burn in front of Carrs Billington commenced. This section of the burn is being culverted to remove the risk of the Ettrick Water backing up and causing the burn to burst its banks at this location. Work on culverting a section of the burn opposite Belmont Motors also got underway.
  • Works on the Shaw Burn at Raeburn Place (Work Section 23) continued with then burn diverted into temporary pipes and new precast concrete channel units installed. Works on the Shaw Burn behind Oregon Timber (Work Section 24) also commenced with site clearance being undertaken and temporary pipes installed.
  • On Corby Linn Road, the construction of the flood protection wall continued at the eastern end of the road.
  • Landscaping works continued through the new Long Philip Burn park at Angles Field. The construction of the new entrance to this park was also ongoing.
  • Masonry cladding work on the new A707 Philiphaugh Farm Cottages Bridge continued.
  • RJ McLeod continued work on constructing the flood protection walls, embankments and realligned burn channel in front of Philiphaugh Farm Cottages and at the allotments. The footbridge between the carpark and the allotments was demolished and the first abutment for the replacement bridge constucted.
  • The Project Team met with Corbie Terrace residents to discuss concerns regarding a loss of privacy.

February 2016

  • Senior members of the Project Team attended both the Selkirk and the Ettrick & Yarrow Community Council meetings. At the Selkirk meeting SBC’s Waste Treatment & Disposal Officer provided a briefing on the closure of the Community Recycling Centre and the reconfiguration works which would be undertaken.
  • The Project Team held an Information Evening at Philiphaugh Community Centre for Bannerfield residents. This was the sixth in a series of monthly meetings being held on the first Wednesday of each month: these are intended to give residents an opportunity to ask any questions or raise any concerns they may have about the continuing works in Bannerfield.
  • The Project Team met with representatives of the Common Riding Trust to begin discussions about this year’s event. These meetings will continue on a regular basis until Common Riding Day to ensure that any impact on the riding is kept to an absolute minimum.
  • At Work Section 1A (A708 Flood Protection Wall), just past Old Mill Farm, RJ McLeod continued work on the construction of the reinforced concrete wall. This work requires one lane of the A708 to be closed and as such temporary traffic lights are in operation.
  • At Old Mill Farm (Work Section 2) work on the farm access tracks and fencing was completed. Replanting and landscaping works were also substantially completed.
  • RJ McLeod finished work on the new board walk which forms path of the footpath beside the Philiphaugh Mill Lade. This ensures there is connectivity between the higher level and the lower level pathway.

     

  • An inspection ledge was constructed along the ‘wet-side’ base of the Ettrickhaugh Road flood protection wall (Work Section 6) – this will allow the council to undertake routine checks of the structure in the years to come. On the garden side of the wall, cladding work was completed and the initial tidying-up of the works corridor continued. Discussions with property owners to plan the reinstatement of the gardens also continued: RJ McLeod anticipate being in a position to withdraw from this area in early April at which point the works corridor will be handed back to the council’s project management team to allow the reconstruction of the gardens to begin.
  • The abutments for the new Philiphaugh Mill Lade footbridge were constructed.
  • Through Bannerfield, the embankment in front of Philip View (Work Section 8) was substantially completed (thanks, mainly, to an improvement in the prevailing weather conditions). The flood protection wall between this embankment and Bridge Street Footbridge was completed and work commenced on reinstating this area. RJ McLeod were also able to begin work on constructing the ‘plaza’ area at the north side of the new footbridge. At Work Section 10, behind Corbie Terrace, work on the new footpath and general reinstatement of the area commenced – the Project Team is aware of concerns in this area regarding the height of the new path and is speaking to residents about proposed solutions.
  • Through Riverside (Works Sections 14, 15 & 16), RJ McLeod continued work on reinstating Riverside Road and on constructing the new link section of road between Level Crossing Road and Riverside Road. Landscaping works also continued through this corridor. Reinstatement of Level Crossing Road was also ongoing. The photo below show the reinstated road nearing completion at the junction of South Bridge Street and Riverside Road.

     

  • Construction of the reinforced concrete flood protection wall at Work Section 18 (behind the Community Recycling Centre) continued.
  • The Community Recycling Centre was closed on Monday 8th February – RJ McLeod began demolition work, with the site being substantially cleared within 5 days. This enabled work to start on constructing the Level Crossing Road extension through the old CRC site. The photo below shows demolition progress just two days after the CRC closed.

     

  • At Work Section 19 (behind the old Co-op building) work continued on tying the new flood protection wall into high ground at the A7. General reinstatement works also got underway.
  • At Raeburn Place, Scottish Water completed repair work on their infrastructure. The Main Construction works on the Shaw Burn (Work Section 23) therefore got underway.
  • Construction of the Corby Linn Road flood protection wall continued. The reopening of the A707 Philiphaugh Farm Cottages Bridge and the closure of western section of the A708 allowed RJ McLeod to remove the temporary culvert under the A708 and commence work on re-meandering a section of the Long Philip Burn across what used to be the A708. Landscaping and footpath construction works continued through the Long Philip Burn corridor.
  • At the Philiphaugh Farm Cottages Bridge masonry cladding work was ongoing while work in front of the cottages continued with the construction of the flood protection wall (Work Section 34).
  • At Burnmill, the Work Section 35 embankment was constructed.
  • Operations at the Borrow Pit in Midlem restarted – over 110000 tonnes of clay material has now been brought to Selkirk.

January 2016

  • Following the adverse weather during December 2015 and January 2016, the Project Team undertook a full review of the partially complete flood defences to assess how they had operated during the recent winter storms and ensure that we were aware of any damage which had been caused to the incomplete defences. This review concluded that there had been no significant damage and that the defences had performed as per the design and had on several occasions during this period prevented significant flooding.
  • On 11th January, the Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform – Aileen McLeod MSP – visited the Scheme to launch the Scottish Government’s new Flood Risk Management Strategies. She was accompanied by Councillor David Parker, Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Calum Kerr MP and SEPA’s CEO Terry A’Hearn.
  • The Project Team, in partnership with Scottish Borders Council, announced that Selkirk’s Community Recycling Centre (CRC) would be closing for a minimum of 16 weeks from Monday 8th February. This closure is required to allow the temporary CRC access road to be extended through the CRC site and linked into Level Crossing Road. The extension of the temporary access road is necessary as this will be used as the principal diversion route throughout the closure of Dunsdale Haugh during the summer months. During the closure of the CRC, the site will be reconfigured and extended to the east. Members of the public are encouraged to use the CRC facilities in Galashiels or Hawick during the closure of Selkirk’s CRC.
  • The Project Team attended Selkirk Community Council and provided an update on the main works and the response to the winter storms.
  • The Project Team held its monthly Bannerfield Information Evening at Philiphaugh Community Centre – these evenings are intended as an opportunity for the Project Team to update Bannerfield resident on the progress of works in this area and also an opportunity for residents to ask questions or raise any concerns they may have.
  • RJ McLeod began work at Work Section 1A on the A708 just passed Old Mill Farm. This work – which was subject to a full review during 2015 - involves the construction of approximately 280 metres of flood protection wall. More details about the design review can be viewed here. This work will require a lane closure and temporary traffic lights will be in operation until the end of April. There is also the possibility that a full road closure will be required for a few days in March – details about any full closure will be provided in due course. Since the Work Section was opened on the 11th of January the contractor has undertaken the initial site clearance and excavation work – this was done under the supervision of an archaeologist - and has commenced the construction of the reinforced concrete flood protection wall.
  • At Work Section 2 – Old Mill Farm Embankment, RJ McLeod undertook final top-soiling works and started work on the farm access track along the toe of the embankment and an access ramp over the southern end of the embankment. New fencing was also erected.
  • RJ McLeod started work on installing a new ‘board-walk’ between Work Sections 3 and 4 along the Philiphaugh Mill Lade. This board walk will provide a link between a low section and a higher section of footpath and ensure it can be used by users for whom steps would cause an issue.
  • At Work Section 6 – Ettrickhaugh Road, the final section of flood wall at the tie in to the abutment of the main road bridge was completed. Work on the stone facing continued and construction of the abutments for the new Philiphaugh Mill Lade footbridge commenced. The initial reinstatement of the back gardens also started with tree roots being removed and general post-work site clearance getting underway. The Project Team started to meet with property owners to start planning the full reinstatement of the back gardens (which the Scheme occupied in late 2014 and which have formed part of the construction corridor for the past 16 months).
  • At Work Section 8 – Bannerfield South Embankment, construction of the embankment continued with clay material continuing to brought in from the borrow pit at Midlem. The recent wet weather has slowed this work as clay cannot be placed if it is too wet. Work on the flood protection walls at Work Sections 9 and 10 (Bannerfield North & Central Walls) also continued, while at Work Section 11 - Cannon Street Embankment, the embankment construction and the connection into the Work Section 10 wall was completed. The Bannerfield works remain on programme for completion by late April.
  • At Victoria Park (Work Section 12), work on both the high level footpath and low level track was completed.
  • RJ McLeod continued work on the brickwork cladding to the flood protection wall at Work Section 14 (Riverside Road). This brick cladding is intended to reflect the history and heritage of the riverside mill buildings. The flood gate was installed and underwent initial testing and commissioning. This is the only flood gate being installed as part of the Scheme: it will be kept closed all the times with the exception of when maintenance access to the wet side of the defences is required and on Common Riding morning when it will be opened to allow the cavalcade to ride down to the Ettrick Water crossing point. Keeping the gate in a default closed position minimises the risk of it sitting open, and therefore non-functional, during potential flood events.
  • On the wet side of the Riverside Road flood wall landscaping work and construction of the new footpath continued.
  • RJ McLeod also continued work on reinstating Riverside Road, while work on a new section of road, linking Level Crossing Road and Riverside Road, also commenced. This link road will form part of the diversion route during this summer’s closure of Dunsdale Haugh.
  • At Level Crossing Road (Work Section 17) the final section of flood protection wall was constructed at Work Section 17C. This enabled work on reinstating, and locally widening, Level Crossing Road to get underway.
  • Work on the flood protection wall and bank erosion protection continued at Work Section 18 (behind the Community Recycling Centre).
  • RJ McLeod completed work on the construction of the flood protection wall behind the former Co-op NGT building (Work Section 19) and commenced work on connecting this wall into high ground at the A7.
  • An embankment was constructed between Dunsdale Haugh and the Waste-water Treatment Works. (Work Section 21)
  • Scottish Water started work on repairing their infrastructure between Raeburn Place and Oregon Timber (under the A7). This work is being undertaken by Scottish Water in advance of the Scheme’s main works commencing in this area.
  • At Work Section 27, on Corby Linn Road, work on the construction of the flood protection wall at the bottom of the road (at the junction with the A708) continued. Work on the stone cladding to the wall got underway.
  • Landscaping works and the construction of the new footpaths through Work Section 28 (Angles Field) continued.
  • Work on the A707 Philiphaugh Farm Cottages Bridge (at the eastern corner of Angles Field) was substantially completed and the road was reopened to all traffic.
  • The section of the A708 which runs down the western side of Angles Field was closed to all but local traffic. The A708 between the temporary access road and Corby Linn Road is being permanently closed as part of the Scheme’s re-landscaping of this area.
  • The road layout at the junction of the A707 and the A708 (at the northern corner of Angles Field) was altered with priority now being given to traffic on the A707.