Public consultation on flooding options

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A public consultation is to be held in Stonehaven to give residents an opportunity to hear the results of an investigation into flood alleviation options.

The consultation, to be held at Stonehaven Leisure Centre from Wednesday, October 30, to Saturday, November 2, will be shown details of the preferred option for the River Carron - including the alignment of the proposed direct defences. Members of the public will be given the opportunity to comment on the scheme.

Members of the Kincardine and Mearns area committee on Tuesday were given an update on the progress of all of the flood alleviation schemes.

It was confirmed at the meeting that rock armour at the mouth of the Carron is being investigated to look into whether it should be removed.

Addressing councillors, Rachel Kennedy said: “Removing the rock armour is not a simple or easy thing to do.

‘‘It was put there with the best of intentions, and before it is taken away we need to ensure that it would be for the best. If you open the Carron back up, there is no protection from storm surge pushing back up the river.”

Councillor Wendy Agnew responded: “I am a great believer in nature. Nature was interfered with when that rock armour was constructed.

“The Carron used to flow freely into the sea, and there was never a problem with storm surge coming back up and flooding properties.”

Councillor George Carr said: “It’s fair to say that mistakes have been made in the past, but there is no point in reflecting on the past.

‘‘We have to do what’s right for the future and we must know that we are working on fact.”

Councillor Peter Bellarby expressed disappointment that a new drain in Arbuthnott Place will not be constructed until spring 2014, but said that he was “pleased” that progress is being made.

Councillor Graeme Clark asked if the town was prepared in the event of further flooding?

Area Manager Willie Munro said: “The flood action group is encouraging anyone who hasn’t already done so to get a house survey done and put resilience measures in place.

“All council properties have been checked and issued with flood gates, and procedure on distribution of these has been changed to make it more efficient.

“We have lots of volunteers ready to go, so a rest centre would be set up very quickly.”

Councillors also suggested an early warning system to allow people to move their vehicles to higher ground in the event of a flood.

Councillors also heard that detailed designs for debris screens on both the Glaslaw Burn and River Carron have been completed, and The land in front of the White Bridge is to be removed and investigation works are under way.