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Cotting Burn

At a meeting on 30th May 2013 with NCC, EA and the consulting engineers, Halcrow, it was put to us that they were considering upstream storage to alleviate the flooding problem. It has now received Planning Approval and will go ahead as part of the main scheme.

Proposed site for upstream storage on the Cotting Burn

A 1.05m diameter concrete throttle to restrict flow to a level the in town culverts can cope with

As the Cotting Burn works its way through the town many sections are culverted but other parts are open. We have inspected most of the open sections and are very concerned about the state of some of the walls. Many are in a dangerously dilapidated state.


Many residents who live adjacent to the burn are unaware that as riparian owners they are responsible for maintaining these walls.


The Environment Agency has the power to force these owners to repair any damaged walls. We feel that as the burn represents a flood risk to the whole town, the EA or NCC should be taking on responsibility for the maintenance of it.

Some properties adjacent to the Cotting Burn were flooded 3 times in 4 years. We were not entirely satisfied with the proposals in the main scheme for the burn and were looking for improvements.


We collected a petition signed by over 150 residents, who are directly affected, asking for at least a 1 in 100yr protection. This level of protection has now been included in the scheme, work will start Spring 2016.