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£41million Hawick flood protection scheme opposed

A town meeting will be held on the 31 August Credit: ITV Border

Plans for a flood protection scheme for Hawick have received 48 objections from the public, which were published today, Friday 18 August. The £41million scheme would be finished by 2022, but complaints may mean lengthy delays to the project.

The complaints are mostly about the size of the wall and blocking off views of the river. Other complaints are about the disruption to the town during construction which could affect business.

There are also warnings that any delays over the complaints could set the project back. A town meeting will be held on the 31 August to address the issues and give further updates on the scheme.

Scottish Borders Council currently designing Hawick flood protection scheme

The Scottish Borders Council say community discussions will take place next year Credit: SBC

The Scottish Borders Council says the flood protection scheme in Hawick is currently in its outline design phase. The council says this is aimed at proving a flood protection scheme is feasible and can be delivered within the town.

If successful, the project will move on to the detailed design stage, ensuring every aspect of the project will be defined, allowing contractors to price the works in 2018/19.

Discussions between the council and the community is expected to take place next year. The council will seek feedback on the development of the project as well as traffic management ahead of the public ahead of the works.

Selkirk Recycling Centre five day closure

House holders are being advised that Selkirk's community recycling centre will close for five days.

The shut down is required for a new water pipe to be laid through the Riverside site.

Its all part of the town's £31 million Flood Protection Scheme.

“We recognise that the advanced works will present difficulties for people living and working in Selkirk, in particular in the Riverside area. However, this is a vital phase of the scheme which will ensure the main works run efficiently over the next two years. We thank the people of Selkirk for their patience so far and hope to continue to work alongside them.”

– Conor Price, Project Manager

The closure will run from Monday 20th October and re-open on Saturday 26th October.