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Jedburgh flood protection plan views sought

Flood plan Image copyright Scottish Borders Council
Image caption The scheme focuses on four key areas to try to reduce the flood risk

Public views are being sought on plans to protect properties in Jedburgh from a repeat of serious flooding suffered in August 2012.

Homes and businesses in the town were affected by waters overflowing from the Skiprunning Burn.

The proposed £313,000 scheme aims to cut the risk of flooding in the area.

Details of the plans can be viewed at Jedburgh library, Scottish Borders Council (SBC) headquarters in Newtown St Boswells or online.

The scheme focuses on four key areas, which include improvements to protection measures near the culvert at Larkhall Farm and the introduction of a debris trap and other debris management measures at Wildcat Cleuch.

'Substantial difference'

There will also be a range of flood protection measures at the town culvert inlet at Burn Wynd and improvements to Jedburgh's main town culvert.

Objections can be made until 10 December this year and must be accompanied by a statement of reasons for the objection.

If there are no objections received, it is expected councillors will give the final go-ahead for the project in March 2015.

Gordon Edgar, SBC's executive member for roads and infrastructure, said: "There has already been a significant amount of work carried out to reduce the risk of flooding from the Skiprunning Burn.

"The publication of the Skiprunning Burn Flood Protection Scheme is another milestone and when it is agreed, the scheme will make a substantial difference to residents and businesses in Jedburgh town centre."

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