Published: Friday, 22nd December 2017
Councillors have given final approval to the Hawick Flood Protection Scheme.
Elected Members made a final decision to go ahead with the scheme at our full meeting on Thursday 21 December.
What is next?
- The project team will formally provide notification of this decision after the festive holidays, which will commence the six-week appeals period.
- Provided no legal appeals are made during this period, the scheme will then become operative. It is currently assumed this will be in March 2018.
- The final decision is another landmark for the scheme which will defend over 900 properties from a 1 in 75 year flood event once completed by the end of 2021.
Community Vision Working Group first meeting success
The first session of the Community Vision Working Group which was held in Hawick Town Hall earlier this month allowed the public to find out how to get involved in the development of the detailed design of key scheme features.
Some excellent ideas were generated at the session and more members of the public are encouraged to get involved.
The 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 of our 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, Scottish Borders Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure
“The successful approval of a flood protection scheme is a long and sometimes complicated process, and that has certainly been the case in Hawick due to its infrastructure.
“However, after considerable hard work by the project team, with support from the local community, we are now on the verge of seeing work begin on a scheme to help defend over 900 properties in Hawick.
“I am delighted to hear of the good attendance at the first Community Vision Working Group meeting, which along with the Traffic Management Working Group, will be vital to the scheme as it becomes operational.
“Any local residents or businesses who want to be involved in either group should contact the Hawick Flood Protection Scheme team.”
Conor Price, Senior Project Manager
“We are delighted that the scheme is now finally approved and that the new Community Vision Working Group is up-and-running.
“This design working group is there to assist us to tailor the scheme to the town and to allow us to work together with the communities in Hawick to enhance the town. The next meeting will be held in mid-January and we strongly encourage people from across the town to become involved.”
Images are available at our Flickr page.
The Hawick Flood Protection Scheme gained preliminary approval from Councillors on 2 November 2017. This was needed in order for the scheme to become operational, and fully approved under the flood legislation, moving the scheme closer to securing Scottish Government funding.
The second phase of the approval process saw Councillors make a final decision on the scheme on 21 December 2017, which means the scheme will be published for a second time.
The third 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.
The estimated overall costs of the scheme continue to be refined as the detailed design develops.