Coastal flooding prompts meeting to discuss fears

The aftermath on Wednesday morning
The aftermath on Wednesday morning

An open meeting is to be held later this month to give residents worried about coastal flooding a chance to air their concerns.

The announcement comes after severe storms battered Stonehaven last week, leading to people in Turner Court being evacuated.

Aberdeenshire Council faced criticism immediately following the storm, from some residents who believe that the build up of shingle on the beach may have contributed to the damage, as well as the more severe coastal flooding of December 2012.

The local authority this week began work on a shingle management programme.

Aberdeenshire Council’s head of roads and landscape services, Philip McKay, said: “The primary activity occurring at Stonehaven is the recycling of beach sediment with shingle collected from the mouth of the River Cowie area and deposited south of the mouth of the River Carron. This rectifies potential long term issues affecting longshore sediment transport at Stonehaven.

‘‘As a result of recent storms, we will also take the opportunity to include re-profiling of a 100m section of the beach between Ironfield Lane and Cowie Lane.”

He added that officers are considering a report on coastal management, which includes mitigating the effects of coastal flooding.

The meeting, which has been organised by members of Stonehaven Flood Action Group, will be held at the bowling club on October 28 at 7.30pm.

Anyone affected or worried by coastal flooding in the town is welcome to goalong and have a chance to discuss their concerns.

Aberdeenshire Council have also been invited to attend, in the hope of setting up an effective dialogue between residents and the local authority.