South Scotland

Public input urged over Hawick flood plans

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Public views are being sought on plans to develop a flood protection scheme for Hawick.

The town was badly affected by Storm Desmond and repair work is still ongoing to address the damage which was caused.

It had initially been hoped a scheme could be in place by 2019 but it could now be as late as 2023.

A workshop is being held in the town on 18 January to look at the best ways of developing the scheme.

Councillor Ron Smith said: "It is crucial local people are involved in this workshop, with the public's views required for the development of the Hawick Flood Protection Scheme as well as the Scottish Borders Climate Resilient Communities project.

"Those who attend will be helping us to better protect Hawick from flooding as well as provide support to the people who live and work in the town.

"I would encourage members of the public and community groups in Hawick to attend the workshop and contribute to both projects."

The workshop is being held at The Well, Hawick Baptist Church's community hub, on Bourtree Terrace.

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