Stonehaven flood plans go on show today

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

The latest proposals to protect Stoneheven from future flooding go on show to the public in the town today. (Thursday, May 21).

Residents will be able to view Aberdeenshire Council’s latest proposals and speak to officers about the scheme ahead of a formal consultation.

Anyone with an interest can come along to Stonehaven Recreation Grounds from 1pm on Thursday (May 21). The event runs until Wednesday, May 27.

It is the final stage of public engagement relating to the Scheme following on from a previous event held in November 2013 and will present drawings and details of the proposals as well as providing opportunity to comment.

It will be staffed at various points throughout the week and weekend should anyone want further information.

The Stonehaven Flood Protection Scheme is moving towards the promotion of a formal legal order next month.

Last week members of the council’s Infrastructure Services Committee agreed officers should begin the process to formally promote the scheme.

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 notified.

At that 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 is likely to affect the delivery timescales for the scheme.

The process is defined by the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 and the council will attempt to resolve individual objections directly to avoid delays where possible.

The project, expected to cost the council in the region of £15million, includes building flood defence walls along the banks of the River Carron, improvements to culverts and raising local bridges. A leaflet has been produced outlining the statutory process which has to be followed to deliver the project, which runs through the historic part of the town. It has been distributed to all householders directly affected by the scheme and is also available in Stonehaven Library, the town’s leisure centre and council offices at Carlton House.