SB Connect Winter 2016

Flood scheme on course after exhibition success

The public exhibition was attended by around 700 people

The townsfolk of Hawick have been thanked after around 700 people viewed and commented on the proposed Flood Protection Scheme during a two-day public exhibition.

The event was held in August in Hawick Town Hall and allowed members of the public to find out more about the proposed scheme. A total of 85.5 per cent of those polled at the exhibition supported the flood scheme, with 9.5 per cent undecided and 5 per cent not in favour.

Hawick Flood Protection Scheme continues to move forward and will soon head into the approval process stage of the scheme, when a number of statutory authorities need to give their consent to the project.

The project has already received the first tranche of funding from the Scottish Government, which has provided an initial £1.342 million. The Government will provide 80 per cent (£29.2m) of the overall costs, which currently stands at £36.4m.

Councillor Gordon Edgar, Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure, said: “The Council wishes to thank all those who attended the exhibition and contributed to the scheme. It was vital that residents, local businesses and community groups engaged with the scheme during the outline design phase and we are delighted with the response from local people.

“It is hugely positive news for Hawick that the Scottish Government has provided the first tranche of funding for the town’s Flood Protection Scheme, and included the project on its priority list. We will continue to keep local people up to date with the scheme as it advances to the next phase.”

Anyone who missed the exhibition can go to www.hawickfloodscheme to see the plans, or visit www.facebook.com/hawickfloodprotectionscheme to keep up to date with the scheme.