Council’s six-year flood plan

Flooding at Marykirk earlier this year - the council stressed the plan is not a reactioon to Storm Frank

Flooding at Marykirk earlier this year - the council stressed the plan is not a reactioon to Storm Frank

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Aberdeenshire Council has set out a plan for reducing the risk of flooding for communities in the region that are most at risk.

The North East Local Flood Risk Management Plan (LFRMP) has been produced under the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009, and provides a strategic framework for considering appropriate mechanisms to manage flood risk across Scotland.

Covering the period from 2016-22, it address Potentially Vulnerable Areas (PVAs) in Aberdeenshire, as well as Aberdeen City and parts of Moray and the Cairngorms.

The council claim that a range of measures to reduce risk have now been set out for 23 PVAs across the North East Local Plan District.

The LFRMP presents a summary of the objectives and measures to manage flood risk and details how they will be implemented, as well as a timescale for delivery, funding arrangements and details of partnerships working to deliver them.

The local authority developed the plans in conjunction with neighbouring authorities to cover the six-year period.

This included collaborations with the relevant councils, Sepa and Scottish Water.

It has been prepared over a number of years and the planned actions are based on the best evidence available on the causes and consequences of flooding.

It is not designed to be a reaction to the flooding during Storm Frank earlier this year, which affected a number of communities in the plan area.

A hard copy of the plan can be viewed at Aberdeenshire Council’s Carlton House office in Stonehaven as well as several libraries across the region.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee (ISC), David Aitchison, said: “The Flood Management Plan has been developed to reduce the devastating and costly impact of flooding in the north east.

“This plan-led approach will focus on where the risk of flooding and benefits of investment are greatest.

“There has been a substantial amount of work done in the past few years by the partner agencies to put together a plan with common objectives which will coordinate the efforts of all organisations that tackle flooding.

“There is still some flexibility for us to deal with serious issues, so long as it does not impact negatively on delivery of the agreed plan.”

ISC vice chair, Stephen Smith, said: “The publication of this local plan sets out a priorities list of actions for flood protection works.”