Flooding design work given go ahead

Stonehaven was devasted by flooding in 2012
Stonehaven was devasted by flooding in 2012

Councillors approved the progression of design work to deliver a scheme to protect Stonehaven from flooding last Thursday (March 5).

Aberdeenshire Council’s Policy and Resources Committee agreed with the recommendation to rubber stamp the work, worth £1.8million.

The estimated cost of £1.8million includes design development, detailed design, tender preparation and technical support during the tender of the construction contract.

North Kincardine Councillor Alison Evison, who is on the Policy and Resources Committee, said: “This is very good news for Stonehaven. Now that the Policy and Resources Committee, of which I am a member, has approved the next stage of the design process for the Flood Protection Scheme, officers can move forward with the necessary legal process. It is great that councillors from across Aberdeenshire have given support to this.”

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.

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.