Art project update given

Scottish Government environment, climate change and land reform secretary Roseanna Cunningham and Scottish Borders Council leader David Parker with Philiphaugh Community School ukele club members at the official opening of Selkirk's new flood defences,
Scottish Government environment, climate change and land reform secretary Roseanna Cunningham and Scottish Borders Council leader David Parker with Philiphaugh Community School ukele club members at the official opening of Selkirk's new flood defences,

The procurement process for the town’s Community Art Projects is expected to be completed by next week.

That is according to an update by Andrew Dinnett, the scheme’s project liaison engineer, which was presented at a Selkirk Community Council meeting on Monday, April 10, by the council’s chairman Alistair Pattullo.

Mr Dinnett’s report said: “Unfortunately, the quality and quantity of the submissions has meant that this process is taking longer than anticipated.

“I will send a specific update regarding this in due course.”

Plans for the project expected to see three contracts to be awarded to artists early this month.

There have been 13 proposals submitted by 11 artists who hope to secure a £30,000 commission at one of three allocated spots in the town.

A full update on the project is expected to be presented by Mr Dinnett at the next meeting held in Victoria Halls on Monday, May 8.

His report also stated that the flood scheme’s soft reinstatement of gardens at Ettrickhaugh Road, along the Mill Lade, is expected to commence within the next three to four weeks. This will include laying grass and re-establishing flower beds. The hard reinstatement of the gardens, such as paving or any timber works, is currently under way.

Works to 14 properties at Corbie Terrace which back onto the black path have been delayed, however, it is hoped they will be completed by the summer.