Update on flood protection scheme

Councillors on Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee welcomed an update on work towards a Stonehaven Flood Protection Scheme.

At the area committee meeting on Tuesday, councillors received a progress report from flood engineer Rachel Kennedy.

They were told that work is ongoing to determine the preferred scheme option and, as part of this process, a number of surveys require to be carried out by specialist companies.

Members of the areacCommittee were asked to support the invitation of tenders for topographical, ground investigation and structural surveys.

To minimise the amount of time it takes to award the tenders, they were also asked to delegate authority to officers to award the contracts. Councillors asupported both of these actions.

Councillors will also receivedan update on progress in terms of the meetings which have taken place with representatives of the Stonehaven Flood Action Group.

They heard that the group have been working closely with Aberdeenshire Council and were constantly updated on progress.

They also heard about ongoing maintenance, including the replacement of rock armour in the Carron, washed away by floodwaters, and the removal of debris and tree trunks from the river’s embankments.

They welcomed the news that officers had given a commitment to have the first phase of the Arbuthnott Drain project - to alleviate water levels in the High Street area - in place within 12-18 months, provided there were no issues with services or landowners.

The second phase of providing a pump to alleviate issues at high tide would be investigated as soon as possible thereafter.

Rachel Kennedy explained that the Arbuthnott drain projecthad originally been planned as part of the large flood alleviation scheme.

However once it became clear that this could be moved forward, Aberdeenshire Council started on the plans.

Councillors took the opportunity to question Ms Kennedy while she was at the meeting on a number of issues.

These included the island rock armour, tree management, the Glasslaw burn and what would be included in the main scheme?

Councillors highlighted how important the issue of flooding was for the town and expressed their hope that the main scheme could be put in place as soon as possible.

Councillors welcomed news that a preferred main scheme would be identified in summer. It is anticipated a preliminary design will be reported to the Area Committee on July 2, with a view to inviting construction tenders in the autumn.