Selkirk Flood Scheme’s community art project proposals go on show

Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme

Published: Wednesday, 15th February 2017

A two-day public exhibition will be held this month to give the public the chance to provide feedback on proposals for Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme’s community art project.

A total of 13 proposals will be on show at the exhibition in Philiphaugh Community Centre on Monday 27 February (1pm to 5pm) and Tuesday 28 February (11am to 7pm).

What is the timetable?

  • The public will get a chance to speak to the artists and provide comments to the flood protection scheme’s project team on each proposal
  • The artists will then have two weeks to finalise their detailed designs before the stage two submission deadline next month
  • The final decisions, which will be taken by the flood protection scheme’s project board, will be based on the artist’s stage two submissions, interviews with the artists and any feedback received from the public and relevant stakeholders
  • Three projects will then be taken forward to construction at three sites close to the new flood defences in the Long Philip Burn corridor, the Bannerfield plaza and the Riverside corridor.

Councillor Gordon Edgar, Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure

The aim of the Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme community arts project is to soften and enhance the flood defence infrastructure. It will also help the scheme to blend in with the local natural and built environment and to provide a link to the town’s history, heritage and environment.

“I would encourage local people to come along to the exhibition and provide their views on the proposals which have reached this stage.”

The defences of the £31.4million Selkirk Flood Protection Scheme were completed in November 2016, providing protection from major flood events to around 600 homes and businesses.

The public exhibition will coincide with the official opening of the flood scheme on Monday 27 February.

More information is available at Selkirk Flood Scheme website.