£25m Selkirk flood defence scheme underway

Design plans for a £25 million flood defence scheme for Selkirk are well underway, and planners are now checking the ground to make sure they can build defences on it

Groundwork begins on flood plans

Draft plans for Selkirk's Flood Defence scheme Credit: ITV News Border

Selkirk's Bannerfield estate was hit by flooding in 2004.

Many homes had to be evacuated after flood water soaked carpets and floors.

Resident Colin Bennett recalls what happened:

"The main street was just like a river. I could not open the front gate because of water coming over it.

"There were cars parked on the street that were getting shoved across the road and there were cars floating down the main drive."

Bannerfield resident Colin Bennett Credit: ITV News Border
Workmen drill the ground at Philiphaugh Credit: ITV News Border
Bannerfield estate which was hit by flooding in 2004 Credit: ITV News Border

Multi-million pound flood defence scheme underway

Design plans for a £25 million flood defence scheme for Selkirk are well underway, and planners are now checking the ground to make sure they can build defences on it.

These will be structures of around four metres high, which will blend in with the surrounding scenery.

One area that they will build on is at Philiphaugh, which was badly flooded in 1977.

"We are currently about mid-way through the detailed design and we hope to conclude it by February 2014. The design itself is approved.

"The best way to describe it is with an analogy, when you obtain planning permission to build a house, you know what you are going to build and where you are going to build it. But you won't know the detail; who will build it or the type of carpets you will put into the property.

"Similarly, we know what we are building which is robust flood protection defences, but we don't know the construction detail of them or exactly how we are going to build them."

– Colin Price, Project Manager

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Selkirk flood scheme "leads the way for Scotland"

A £25million flood protection scheme being planned for Selkirk leads the way nationally, according to Scottish Government ministers.

The new scheme will safeguard 700 properties currently at risk of flooding from the Ettrick and Yarrow waters and the Long Philip and Shaw Burns.

It is the first scheme in Scotland to meet the requirements of the Scottish Government's Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009.

The project team are currently drawing up detailed designs for the scheme, and work to built it will get underway in summer 2014.