Selkirk flood protection scheme’s programme of works announced

Published: Friday, 13th February 2015

RJ McLeod has confirmed its programme of works for the £31.4million Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme.

RJ McLeod has begun setting up the main site compound and offices at the former Bridgehaugh Dyeworks on South Bridge Street, which will also be used by scheme designers CH2M Hill and our project managers CPE Consultancy for the next two years.

What works are first?

  • The first works are expected to start early next month at two sections of Riverside Road, and from 2 March a section of the A708 road west of the Waterwheel Café will be closed for three months for road raising. Traffic management and footpath diversions will be put in place for both.
  • From mid-March, work will begin at the St Mary’s Loch outlet and in early April construction of a flood defence wall behind the houses at the eastern end of Ettrickhaugh Road will commence.
  • Work at St Mary’s Loch is programmed to be completed by October 2015 which means the new intelligent water management system should be in place to reduce flood risk for next winter.
  • The Bridge Street Footbridge, which links South Bridge Street to Bannerfield, will be replaced with a new footbridge during the summer. This will require pedestrian diversions to be put in place during the works. Planning is ongoing and more information will be provided in advance of the site preparatory works commencing in May.
  • Throughout construction, the project team will make every effort to limit the duration of works in any given area in an effort to minimise impact on nearby residents and businesses. Measures will also be put in place to avoid the scheme having an impact on Selkirk Common Riding and further discussions are set to be held with the Common Riding Trust over the coming months.

A summary of the programme and overviews of the work sections have been developed. These have been circulated by email to all existing scheme stakeholders and will be uploaded to Selkirk FPS website by next week. Similarly, a summary of the closure of the A708 has been produced and distributed.

The project team has also prepared a newsletter and the first edition of this will be issued to all properties within the Ettrick and Yarrow catchment area over the next week or so.

In conjunction with the Council, RJ McLeod is currently finalising its community benefits plan and details of this will be made available once it is completed.

Our Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure, Councillor Gordon Edgar

“The announcement of the programme of works is a huge moment for Selkirk.

“At the end of the process, a total of 595 properties in the Bannerfield, Philiphaugh and Riverside areas will be removed from the national flood risk.

“We realise communication is vital throughout the works and both the Council’s project team and RJ McLeod will be engaging with businesses and residents in advance of works in their local area.”

Regular updates are to be provided at the Selkirk FPS website.