Flood group’s pledge over multi-agency links in future

HAWICK Flood Group is to build closer links with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and the police.

This was revealed by chairman Stuart Marshall (pictured) at the group’s annual general meeting, at which he reported on another busy year, with six call-outs.

He said: “Three of these call outs were at weekends and saw most of the group out until the small hours of the morning. One particular memory I will take during one of the shouts was the group witnessing the pile of scaffolding that was ripped from the newly-refurbished Laurie Bridge and washed downstream to come to rest at the Cobble Cauld.”

Despite playing a major role in averting major flooding issues, Mr Marshall said they wouldn’t be resting on their laurels.

He added: “There can be no doubt that we as a group are much better prepared, better organised and better equipped than last year.

“But we must not become complacent. We must strive to forge closer links with our partners, especially SEPA and the police.

“Our last shout several months ago only strengthens the case for this as communications were not good at all.”

Jim Little and Gerry Aprile have both stood down as co-ordinators and were thanked for their hard work, while Andy Lewis and Mark Hogarth both joined the group.

For more information on the flood group contact Mr Marshall on 07767 323189 or Marion Chrystie on 372248.