A series of meetings are planned from March 15th – 23rd to allow as many members of the community to attend as possible to see the outcome of the flood studies, new modeling, and review short-term plans to create a bund on the riverside.

Changes in river behaviors during recent events resulted in waters encroaching in different areas to previous experiences. The studies reflect the changes and provide a detailed review on some of the issues previously raised by the community; what is the benefit of dredging? how valuable was the dry gravel extraction?    Work is ongoing but all outcomes will help to inform the flood defense measures going forward.

SBC flood team will be hosting an exhibition in Newcastleton Village Hall on Tuesday 15th March, available to answer any questions you may have arising from the findings.

SBC undertook to keep us up to date with their work, this is your chance to see progress and to express your opinion on the short-term proposals.  Without a representative view from the community, any proposals will be difficult to implement.

From Thu  March 17th  – Sat 19th  proposals transfer to the Enterprise, Learning & Outreach Centre at Buccleuch House where you will also be able to see Copshaw Community Climate Challenge, your ideas, your voice, your future.

SBC will also host a digital evening meeting on the evening of Wed March 23rd If you wish to participate in this session please register for the TEAMS link by emailing

At each venue, there will be an opportunity to give your opinion and to write down any questions you may have.  We hope these can all be addressed at the digital Q&A session planned for March 23rd.

The deadline for expressing your opinion on the short-term plans closes on March 25th.  please take this opportunity to make your views known