Work on Arbuthnott Drain poised to begin as part of flood protection measures

The River Carron in spate.

The River Carron in spate.

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Work to create a new flood relief drain in Stonehaven’s Old Town, will begin on Monday (September 15).

These works are part of wider measures to protect the community from the impacts of flooding and were approved in June by Aberdeenshire Council’s Policy and Resources committee, at an estimated cost of £235,000.

The works include the construction of a large inlet chamber, more than 70 metres of culvert alongside buildings and through residential gardens, culminating in a large headwall at the mouth of the River Carron. Contractors Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering will be undertaking the works which are expected to last several months. During the works there will be disruption around High Street and Arbuthnott Place, and for some periods the Boardwalk from the River Carron area to the harbour will be closed. The new Arbuthnott drain will provide an increased level of flood protection for the Old Town, which has previously been seriously affected by flooding. While the new drain will not remove the risk of flooding, it will allow flood water to escape more quickly.

Head of Service for Roads and Landscape Philip McKay said: “When combined with other improvement works being undertaken along the Carrron and Glaslaw Burn, the Arbuthnott drain will help to improve the resilience of the Old Town in dealing with the impacts of severe weather.

“However, it is important to note that there are areas of Stonehaven that are at risk from flooding, and officers are continuing to work hard to progress the Stonehaven Flood Protection Scheme, which will deliver a substantial reduction in flood risk for a wide area of the town. I would like to thank local residents, and visitors, in advance for their patience during the inevitable disruption these essential works will cause.”