Flood defences essential

Flood defences in Stonehaven are a “matter of urgency”.

Speaking at Tuesday’s Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee meeting, Councillor Bellarby made the remark as the committee was presented with the results of a public consultation into flood defences in Stonehaven.

He said that the flood alleviation measures had to be put in place “as soon as possible”.

In the report presented to the Committee the results of a public exhibition into how residents felt flooding in the town should be dealt with were examined.

More than 100 residents attended the public consultation which took place in January this year.

Those who attended the exhibition were presented with six options for combatting the floods and were asked to then state their preference.

The most popular option chosen by 42% of respondents was the construction of direct defences combined with upstream storage. The second most popular option was to construct direct defences as well as modifying the channel and bridges.

The preferred option is estimated to cost £5.79m.

In his report to councillors, Philip McKay, Aberdeenshire Council’s head of roads and landscape services, said: “It is clear from the survey responses and from speaking to people at the exhibition that the overwhelming opinion is that engineering works are required and would be accepted in Stonehaven in order to reduce the current flood risk.

“The option to build flood defences through the town but to reduce the impact of these as far as possible using upstream storage appears to be the most attractive.

“However, it should be noted that this option is also likely to be the most technically challenging and may be more expensive and require a longer lead time than options without upstream storage.”

Councillors at the area committee on Tuesday agreed to note the outcome of the public consultation and agreed to continue investigations into the next stage of the flood alleviation scheme design process.

Councillors voted to add the amendment to this that these actions should be carried out as a “matter of urgency.”