Councillors will today (Thursday) be asked to approve the progression of design work to deliver a scheme to protect Stonehaven from flooding.
Aberdeenshire Council’s Policy and Resources Committee is recommended to rubber stamp the work, worth £1.8million.
Last year, approval in principle was given to funding construction of the Stonehaven Flood Protection Scheme up to a value of £15million.
A tender for the design was previously awarded to Mott MacDonald and, following a detailed review of work done to date, the firm is ready to begin the next design stage.
The estimated cost of £1.8million includes design development, detailed design, tender preparation and technical support during the tender of the construction contract.
Should development of the scheme continue at the current rate of progress, it is expected the notice for the proposed scheme will be advertised in line with the legislative process by early summer 2015.
The legal process to promote a flood scheme for the town means it has to be advertised, and all those with an interest in land affected by the scheme consulted.
At this stage anyone can formally object to the proposed scheme. If these objections are not resolved the scheme will be referred to Scottish Ministers.
Ultimately, a Public Local Inquiry may have to take place – if this happens it could affect delivery of the scheme by around a year.
Head of Roads and Landscape Services, Philip McKay, said: “While we are making every effort to progress this scheme as quickly as possible, it should not be expected that delivering such a project through the heart of historic Stonehaven will be easy.
“It is likely there will be a number of objections, so at this stage timescales are difficult to state with certainty but we will do what we can to avoid significant delays and deliver this scheme for the benefit of Stonehaven.”