Preliminary decision due

Stonehaven was badly affected by flooding in 2009 and 2012
Stonehaven was badly affected by flooding in 2009 and 2012

Councillors will today (Thursday, January 28) be asked to approve the progression of a scheme to protect Stonehaven from flooding.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee is recommended to make a preliminary decision that the proposed scheme should go ahead with mitigation.

Eleven objections have been received during public consultation.

Aberdeenshire Council Officers involved in the project entered into negotiations with some objectors to try to address the issues they raised and if possible, modified the proposals to reach a suitable solution for all parties.

A number of the proposed modifications could result in the removal of several of the eleven outstanding objections. Councillors are being asked to approve progression of the scheme with the modifications and notify Scottish Ministers of their decision.

If objections remain unresolved, by law the council can only make a preliminary decision to either: confirm the proposed scheme without modification, confirm the proposed scheme with modification, or reject it. Legislation dictates that if councillors decide to proceed with the scheme, with or without modification, Scottish Ministers must be notified. Ministers then have to decide within 56 days whether to consider the scheme or refer it back to the council. If Ministers decide to consider the scheme, a Public Local Inquiry will be held, unless all objections are withdrawn.

Should they not wish to consider the scheme, the matter will be referred back to Aberdeenshire Council to convene a Public Hearing. The council’s previously gave approval for funding of the scheme at £14-16million.