South Scotland

Selkirk flood scheme moves closer

Flooding - picture from Scottish Borders Council
The protection scheme would take nearly 600 properties off the flood risk register

Scottish Borders Council has agreed to take forward plans for a £31.4m flood protection scheme for Selkirk.

The authority said it meant the project was "fully approved, designed and ready to commence the delivery stages".

The council submitted a funding bid to the Scottish government last month and hopes to hear the outcome soon.

If successful, the scheme would remove 595 properties in the Bannerfield, Philiphaugh and Riverside areas from the national flood risk register.

It would do so by protecting against the effects of flooding from the Ettrick and Yarrow waters and the Long Philip and Shaw burns.

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