SB Connect Winter 2016

Plans show way forward for flood management

Councillor Edgar studies the Tweed LFRMP at the River Ettrick in Selkirk

The first-ever local flood risk management plans for the Borders have been published.

Tweed, Solway and Forth Estuary local flood risk management plans (LFRMP) will show how flooding will be managed in each area over the next six years. Each includes details on funding and the timetable for delivering actions identified in the plans.

The three plans are part of 14 covering the whole of Scotland that have been produced by local authorities following the launch of the country’s first Flood Risk Management Strategies by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) in January this year.

As the lead authority for Tweed LFRMP, which covers the majority of the region, the Council has produced a delivery plan which clearly sets out how flood risk will be managed, co-ordinated, funded and delivered between 2016 and 2022.

Construction of the Selkirk and Hawick flood protection schemes are both included in the Tweed LFRMP.
SBC has also contributed to Solway LFRMP, which covers Newcastleton and sees Dumfries and Galloway Council as the lead authority, and Forth Estuary LFRMP, which includes the Berwickshire coast and was led by City of Edinburgh Council.

All the plans are available from www.scotborders.gov.uk/floodplans

Councillor Gordon Edgar, Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure, said: “Along with SEPA, we consulted on the draft plans last year, leading to the production of Scotland’s first ever local flood risk management plans.

“It was around a year ago that many Borderers were severely impacted by flooding from Storms Desmond, Frank and Gertrude. The publication of these Local Flood Risk Management Plans, following the launch of the Flood Risk Management Strategies, will be a vital in helping decisions to be made on how to best protect vulnerable areas.”