Go-ahead is given for Jedburgh flood protection scheme

Sandbags at the top of Jedburgh High Street after Saturday's flooding.
Sandbags at the top of Jedburgh High Street after Saturday's flooding.

The green light has finally been given for a £465,000 engineering solution to prevent further flooding of the notorious SkipRunning Burn in Jedburgh, writes Andrew Keddie.

Scottish Borders Council agreed last week to authorise procurement of the work, with construction due to start this summer.

Councillors heard that an approved flood protection scheme, drawn up last year, elicited no objections when it was put out to statutory public consultation in November last year.

“This is welcome news for the many residents, shopkeepers and business owners whose lives have been blighted,” said Jedburgh councillor Rory Stewart.

“I want to record my thanks to the affected landowners for not objecting and to the people of the town for embracing this scheme.

“It’s just a pity it has been such a long time coming.”

The burn, a tributary of the Jed Water which rushes beneath the town centre through a culvert, has been the cause of five significant floods since 1984.

The most serious incident occurred in August 2012 when more than 50 domestic and retail properties were inundated. Lesser damage was incurred during the most recent incident in December 2013.

Cash for the scheme, which will receive no Scottish Government support, has been included in SBC’s capital programme for the coming financial year.