Peebles play-park re-opens after Storm Frank damage

Haylodge Play Park in Peebles has been reopened after being badly damaged by Storm Frank.
Haylodge Play Park in Peebles has been reopened after being badly damaged by Storm Frank.
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A play-park in Peebles has re-opened after it was badly damaged by Storm Frank.

Haylodge Park’s play area welcomed children and families last week after staff from Scottish Borders Council (SBC) and local firms worked hard to make it safe and carry out repairs to bring it back into use.

Peebles was badly affected by flooding caused during Storm Frank on 29 and 30 December 2015, including Haylodge Park which sits alongside the River Tweed.

SBC’s executive member for roads and infrastructure, Councillor Gordon Edgar, said: “I am pleased to see this facility reopen during the Easter holidays to give plenty Peebles families time to enjoy the play-park.

“With over 300 individual projects identified, the council is continuing to deal with the significant programme of repair works following the flooding events which affected a number of communities during the winter.

“The council thanks the public for their continued co-operation and patience while this repair programme is ongoing.”

Borders firms Wilson Jamieson and Graham Irvine assisted with the refurbishment of the play area.

Homes has to be evacuated when Storm Frank battered the Peebles at the end of December.

The Burgh Hall was used as a rest centre for residents affected in the town, where the Tweed reached its highest level since 1994.