Hawick public invited to help shape flood protection scheme

Hawick

Published: Tuesday, 12th December 2017

Members of the public are being invited to come along to the Hawick Flood Protection Scheme’s first Community Vision Working Group meeting next week.

The meeting is scheduled to take place on Wednesday 13 December in Hawick Town Hall from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and is open to all local residents and businesses who would like to find out more about the working group and potentially sign up to be involved in the development of the detailed design of key scheme features.

Working groups

  • The Community Vision Working Group will work with the project team to look at how the local landscape can be tailored to meet the needs of the community once the flood protection scheme is completed.
  • A Traffic Management Working Group will also be set up with key community stakeholders, focusing on minimising potential impact to traffic and pedestrians during the construction period. 
  • Both groups will look to draw on local knowledge and use the collaborative working model that has been so successful for several other Council projects, achieving multiple benefits and opportunities for the local community at key areas.
  • The Community Vision Working Group will initially focus on Common Haugh, Little Haugh, Mansfield Road, Duke Street, Weensland and Volunteer Park/Wilton Park area.

Councillor Gordon Edgar, Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure

“Many of Hawick Flood Protection Scheme’s project team have experience of working with the local community through the delivery of other projects within the Scottish Borders and further afield.

“The project team know how vital it is to engage with local residents and businesses during the design and delivery phase, which is why two working groups will be set up.

“The Hawick Flood Protection Scheme has already had significant support within the town, and we would ask anyone willing to be involved in the project to come along to the first Community Vision Working Group meeting, which is open to all. It is important that we get a broad range of participants from the community so that the defined solutions truly represent the needs and aspirations of Hawick.”

Flood Scheme process

Councillors gave preliminary approval to the Hawick Flood Protection Scheme – which will defend over 900 properties from a 1 in 75 year flood event – last month.

The scheme is expected to go before Councillors again later this month for a final decision, after which the scheme would be published for a second time.

If a final decision approves the scheme, the third and final step will follow in early 2018, when the project will become operative, assuming there are no legal appeals against the scheme. This will then mean the Council can take forward the works.

Anyone wishing for more information on the working groups can visit the flood scheme website or contact the team through the Facebook page.

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