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."
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