New chairman for Stonehaven Flood Action Group

Stonehaven Flood Action Group held their annual general meeting last Tuesday.

Chairman Greig Walker had already announced that he would stand down as chairman after two years, but affirmed that he would continue to be fully involved in the work of the Group.

As its first chairman, Greig gained the respect of the membership and of the people and agencies that the group work with, particularly Aberdeenshire Council, SEPA and the Forestry Commission.

Under Greig’s leadership, the group has developed close working relations with a variety of agencies and has always been able to challenge and question decisions and policies without losing the trust of the officials involved.

This has led to the completion of a number of flood alleviation measures and has contributed to good progress over the two years in devising the Main Scheme of Flood Alleviation Measures which has now entered the stage of detailed design.

In addition the group secured valuable cooperation with Aberdeenshire Council in assisting householders to identify their needs for flood protection for their own homes.

Fund-raising efforts have provided financial support to many of these households and have also made sandbags and advice available to residents in the Flood Risk Area.

In thanking Greig for all the achievements of the Stonehaven Flood Action Group under his leadership over the last two years, new chairman Mark Irvine pointed out that the Scottish Flood Forum had used the Stonehaven Flood Action Group as a template for other Flooding Groups.

Following the AGM, the new officers of the Flood Action Group are: Chairman - Mark Irvine, Deputy Chairman - Will Munro, Secretary - David Macdonald, Treasurer - Graeme McKinnon.