RESIDENTS affected by flooding in Stonehaven are going to be given the opportunity to have their views heard at a meeting which will take place in the town at the end of January.
The announcement comes after townspeople voiced their frustration over the response to previous flooding at last week’s Stonehaven and District Community Council meeting. As a result, a flood action group was set up to try to get residents’ voices heard.
Aberdeenshire Council, Grampian Police and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) are among the agencies who will be attending the meeting in Mackie Academy on Tuesday, January 29.
Among other guests invited to attend will be residents and businesses affected by flooding in Stonehaven, the community council and business association and members of the press.
The meeting will be chaired by Aberdeenshire Council’s chief executive, Colin Mackenzie, and begin with short presentations from the council, SEPA, Grampian Police and the Scottish Flood Forum.
There will then be an opportunities for guests to ask questions of the various agency representatives in attendance.
Officers will give a summary of the flooding across Aberdeenshire on Saturday, December 15, and also on Sunday, December 23, including the weather, environmental conditions and actions taken by relevant agencies during the emergency and subsequently.
Presentations will also include details of the work undertaken by the council following the severe flooding in Stonehaven in 2009.
Mr Mackenzie said: “While work continues to analyse the cause and impact of the flooding, it is important that we talk with the local community and, particularly, the people affected by the flooding, to give them the information that we have so far, and continue to offer advice and support.
“It was by working in partnership with other key agencies that we were able to respond to the flooding quickly and effectively, and I am grateful for their continued involvement and commitment to come to this important meeting.”
To date, over 100 separate issues have been identified. While the detailed estimation of costs is still at a very early stage, preliminary indications suggest that infrastructure repairs are likely to be in the region of £2 million.
Invitations for the meeting are due to be sent out by the end of the week, but some issues remain in identifying people affected by the flooding, who may be staying elsewhere with friends or family.
Anybody who has been affected by flooding, but has not received an invitation by the beginning of next week, can contact the Stonehaven area office on 01569 768200.
n Advice and support for flooding victims. See story on page eight.