Hawick Flood Protection Scheme

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Scottish Borders Council is now promoting the Hawick Flood Protection Scheme 2017 under the terms of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 and The Flood Risk Management (Flood Protection Schemes, Potentially Vulnerable Areas and Local Plan Districts)(Scotland) Regulations 2010. The scheme documentation can be found by clicking here

The town of Hawick is located in the heart of the Scottish Borders, approximately 50 miles from Edinburgh and 45 miles from Carlisle. Hawick is the largest town in the Scottish Borders and straddles the River Teviot and the Slitrig Water. These watercourses historically provided the lifeblood to the town, driving the many textile mills that characterise Hawick and other border towns.

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Hawick has a very long history of damaging floods, principally from the River Teviot which has overtopped its banks 15 times in recorded history. In so far as we can determine the major flood event of 12th October 2005 was the most severe. (more details)

Following this event Scottish Borders Council (the Council) commissioned a number of studies and conducted a prioritisation exercise which identified Hawick as a high priority for investment in flood protection measures. This has resulted in the Council advancing the Hawick Flood Protection Scheme (the Scheme) as a major project to tackle the flood risk to the town of Hawick. The project commenced in the autumn of 2010 and since then the Project Team has consisted of members of the Council’s Flood Protection Team and the Council’s consultant, CH2M.

The Scheme is being advanced as a formal flood protection scheme under the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 and is being designed in accordance with this Act, its 2010 Regulations, and the appropriate guidelines. The process to implement a flood protection scheme is lengthy. We have to first gather a substantial amount of information and many of you will have seen investigations and surveys taking place through the town. From this, we are able to develop the design of the scheme taking account of the constraints and opportunities identified. All of this needs to be carried out before we can progress through the statutory approval stage.

This website has been created by the Scheme’s Project Team to provide you with information on the Scheme, to inform you of progress, and to allow you the opportunity to comment on our efforts through the ‘Feedback’ page. It is our intention to keep this website updated as often as possible and to upload all critical project updates so that you may keep track of the Scheme’s progress.

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