£15m investment for flood protection

The River Carron.
The River Carron.

Aberdeenshire council have said yes to a £15 million flood protection scheme for Stonehaven.

The local authority decided on Tuesday, April 28, at the Kincardine and Mearns area committee to invest in the project to prevent the kind of flooding the town saw in 2009 and 2012.

The Stonehaven project will include flood walls along the river Carron as well as a self-closing barrier between the White Bridge and the Bridgefield crossing.

Reports on the project had previously been considered by the committee in September 2013, November 2013, December 2013, March 2014 and October 2014.

In September 2014, approval was given by Policy and Resources for the funding of the scheme from the Capital allocation at a provisional estimated value of £14-£16 million.

A leaflet outlining the statutory process has been developed and will be delivered to all those affected by the scheme as well as being made available on the councils website.

Currently the Harbours, Coast Protection and flooding line in the Capital Plan contains a gross allocation of £24,207,000 through the period to 2030.

While this is sufficient to fund the project fully this allocation also has to cover major works at Huntly, other small scale interventions on Harbour and Coast Protection structures as well as more minor flood protection works.

There has been extensive community discussions, which have involved mixed groups of both younger and older persons, where issues relating to the impact of previous flood events associated with potential flood risk have been discussed.

Open forum evenings are held quarterly tor provide progress updates relating to the delivery of the scheme.

Councillors also approved the area’s flood management and coast protection programme for 2015-2016.

Included in this are £23,000 of wall repairs along the River Cowie as well as £21,000 of shingle management operations in Stonehaven and Inverbervie.

More information on the Stonehaven Flood Protection Scheme can be found on http://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/.