£12million flood scheme approved by councillors

The �12million scheme will hopefully stop scenes like this happening
The �12million scheme will hopefully stop scenes like this happening

Kincardine and Mearns councillors have recommended that a £12million flood prevention scheme for Stonehaven should go ahead.

Councillors supported the favoured proposal outlined in a report from Infrastructure Services when they met at Viewmount on Tuesday,.

Stephen Archer, the council’s director of infrastructure services, stated in his report: “We received 146 feedback forms following the public consultation.

‘‘Overall, the proposals were positively accepted - 143 of the responses agreed that there was a requirement for a flood scheme to be developed.

“One responder indicated that a flood scheme was not required.

‘‘However, no further explanation was given as to why this was the case and the responder also agreed that all the proposals for the scheme were mostly acceptable.

‘‘Taking cognisance of the comments received, it is recommended that the preferred scheme - as shown at the consultation - be taken forward as the most economically viable scheme in terms of cost, benefit and effectiveness in reducing potential flood risk.”

The council’s proposals for the scheme include plans for almost a kilometre of new flood walls along the banks of the River Carron.

Some will be “floating walls” which can raised up as the river level rises.

One of the bridges in the town across the Carron would be moved and another raised as part of the proposals to pave the way for improved flood defences.