Work on smaller scale elements of the long-awaited Stonehaven Flood Protection Scheme has now got under way.
Aberdeenshire Council appointed contractors to improve the Mill Lade soakaway, with work starting last Friday.
This was following an investigation where it was recognised that the soakaway wasn’t functioning to its full capacity.
Local residents had asked the council to consider improving the soakaway, and it will now be repaired and capacity increased to take water away from the existing Mill Lade.
Excavation will be carried out and new pipework installed to help move water away effectively.
Inspection chambers will also be created.
Bruce Plant have been appointed to carry out the work and are are expected to carry on into next week.
Sections of the town’s boardwalk may have to be closed off from time to time in the interest of safety while construction is carried out.
Rachel Kennedy, principal engineer (flood protection works), said: “While the work on the Mill Lade should have an effect on water levels, this is not a solution to the issues the town faces and should be seen in conjunction with the other engineering solutions being proposed.
“We listened to local residents who were keen to see this work take place and have moved swiftly to get it done before the start of winter proper.”
Work is also expected to start soon on another measure to reduce the impact of any flooding event in the Old Town.
It had also been suggested by locals that flood relief channels should be created through boundary walls in the High Street and behind Arbuthnott Court to provide an escape route for water.
As it is a conservation area, care had to be taken to minimise the impact and it would not be possible for large sections of the wall to be removed.
However, pipework will be installed through the walls to allow water to escape more effectively.
Hunter Construction has been appointed to do the work, expected to start in the next few weeks.
A public engagement event in the town to seek views on a proposed Flood Protection Scheme ended last weekend.
The views gathered will be reported to local councillors at a meeting of the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee on November 19.
Meantime, ground investigation works in Stonehaven are progressing well and residents are thanked for their patience.