Jedburgh Flood Protection: Next phase of work begins

Duck Row in Jedburgh has been badly flooded in recent year.
Duck Row in Jedburgh has been badly flooded in recent year.

Phase two of the Skiprunning Burn Flood Protection Scheme in Jedburgh is under way.

It is due to be completed by the end of 2015 by Scottish Borders Council (SBC).

Phase one was completed in March 2015, with local firm JMS Harkin carrying out four weeks of work which saw improvements made to the grille at Burn Wynd and creation of a flood relief drain at Duck Row.

Following discussions with Jedburgh councillors, further works were taken forward as Phase 1A in advance of Phase two. The works, completed earlier this year, included replacing the boundary fence at the fire station, drainage improvements at the Canongate and extending planters at Market Square and Canongate.

In addition, an agreement has now been reached between residents, housing associations and the council to fit flood resilient doors to the most vulnerable houses.

This will remove the need for property owners to fit floodgates every time there is a threat of flooding and these works will be carried out in parallel with the phase two works.

SBC’s executive member for roads and infrastructure, Councillor Gordon Edgar, said: “The start of phase two will be a welcome sight for residents in Jedburgh.

“These works will reduce the impact of flooding, but it is still important that the Jedburgh public take steps to protect themselves.”