River Tweed banking fears at HQ of NHS Borders near Melrose

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Staff have been moved from part of the headquarters of NHS Borders at Newstead near Melrose over fears of a crumbling embankment on the River Tweed.

The local health authority says the five employees were moved on Friday and the area fenced-off as a precaution.

Director of estates and facilities David McLuckie said the condition of the banking was highlighted in an interim report from a survey.

He said: “This indicated that there has been significant deterioration over recent years.

“We took the measures as a precaution to protect our staff working in buildings near the river bank and anyone who comes on to the site.

“A further survey on the condition of the banking will be carried out. We will then be able to review the situation and consider any recommendations for monitoring or stabilising the site.”