Tweed flood plans go out for consultation

Flooding at Ellemford Show ground
Flooding at Ellemford Show ground

A public consultation process has begun that will help create a Borders-wide plan to combat the effects of flooding.

The Borders is one of 14 Local Plan Districts, each holding its own consultation, closing on June 2 this year.

The authorities, together with the Scottish Environmental Protection Agecy (SEPA) have made information available on how the fight against flooding could be managed, coordinated, funded and delivered, along with the consultation questions.

A spokesperson for the programme said: “There is a large amount of information available in this consultation. We do not anticipate everyone will have an interest in all areas. Some will want to see information only for where they live or work. Others will want to consider flood risk management at a regional or national scale.”

Each Local Plan District has published a short overview document defining the district, the flood risk authorities involved and a summary of the flood risk.

They have also shared their objectives and planned actions to tackle flooding, whether on our rivers, along the coast or through excess surface water.

The plan’s Potentially Vulnerable Area chapters contain data sheets with information on the source and impact of flooding, and existing actions to manage flood risk; the initial objectives and actions suggested to manage flood risk, and a delivery plan developed by the lead local authority that sets out the proposed timescales and funding arrangements for implementation.

To read the Tweed area plans, visit www. frm-scotland.org.uk.

Alternatively, to offer your views, email FloodActConsultation@sepa.org.uk.