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Final designs for £44m flood defence scheme go on show

Artist's impression of part of the £44m flood defence scheme in Hawick Credit: Scottish Borders Council

The final designs for a £44 million pound flood defence project in southern Scotland are going on show.

Scottish Borders Council is holding a public drop-in session for people to look at the Hawick Flood Protection Scheme plans between 1pm and 8pm today (27 March) at Hawick Town Hall.

Information is being made available on how the design has been finalised including the proposed new footbridges and cycle path that have been incorporated.

"The drop-in session is the latest in a series of proactive engagement events held by the Hawick Flood Protection Scheme over the last four years with the public, community groups and businesses.

"There will be information available on a variety of aspects of the scheme and as it is a drop-in session, people can stay for as long as they wish.

"We will continue to engage with the public, community groups and businesses on one of the most significant infrastructure projects to take place in the Scottish Borders."

– Cllr Gordon Edgar, Scottish Borders Council

Scottish Borders Council says says the scheme will protect more than 900 properties at risk along the River Teviot and Slitrig Water.

Hundreds of homes had to be evacuated when parts of the town were left under water following flooding in December 2015.