Stonehaven flood prevention work could start this year...

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Work to install a new flood drain at the junction of High Street and Arbuthnott Place in Stonehaven could begin by the end of the year.

Members of the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee considered outline proposals this week for a new drain, which would provide some relief if the area was flooded again.

Members heard that there were longer-term plans for a pump system to be installed, but the first step towards this would be the new drain.

The area is bounded by properties and the sea wall, making it difficult for flood waters to escape. The proposals describe the removal of the existing raised flowerbed at the junction of High Street and Arbuthnott Place, and “the construction of a large collection sump linking with a series of pipes flowing under gravity pressure, discharging to the sea.”

The report put before councillors also states: “The installation of this drain..while not solving the issue of flooding, will provide a level of relief which may prevent flood waters breaching the tops of any flood gates residents may have installed.”

If detailed plans are approved, work on the drain is expected to begin late this year or early 2014 and will take about four months to complete.

Councillor Peter Bellarby said: “I’m really pleased to see this going forward and I hope it gives some comfort to see that the council is committed to this.”

Councillor Graeme Clark said: “The plans are impressive and hopefully will provide a way of getting water out of the High Street as, invariably, we will be faced with this again before a comprehensive scheme is comcompleted. We want to get this done as soon as we can.”

A council representative refused to confirm when a pump would be installed, but said that the drain would be designed with the future addition of a pupmp in mind.

Some councillors expressed concerns that, if the River Carron was in spate, the water would not be able to exit the drain, and they were told that in “normal circumstances” it would provide relief, but a pump system would be needed to override high tides.

She added that negotiations were taking place with landowners who would be affected by the drain’s installation, as well as with Scottish Water who have a pipe in the area. The committee were also told that an archaeological burial site was situated near to the area and, while this would not delay the work, it would need to be taken into account.