A new 28 million pound flood protection scheme for Hawick has been approved.
Scottish Borders Council has given the go-ahead for the plans to progress to the next stage, which includes undertaking detailed survey and consultations and a public exhibition.
"I am pleased that the preferred flood protection scheme is now approved and that we can progress to the next stages.
"The scheme will provide a number of benefits to the people of Hawick, including greater confidence for those living in the areas that flood, the potential to unlock development in business areas, a reduction in insurance premiums for homes and businesses, and the protection of the essential infrastructure of the town.”
The next stage is expected to last around 15 months.
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