Arbuthnott drain on way to completion

working being carried out on Wednesday morning
working being carried out on Wednesday morning

The new Arbuthnott drain could be finished within two weeks, Stonehaven and District Community Council heard this week.

The SDCC were given a flood update by flood engineer Rachel Kennedy at Tuesday’s community council meeting, held in the Invercarron Resource Centre.

Community councillors were told that the long-awaited drain was ‘‘nearing completion at the end of next week,’’ with just the landscaping needing to be done.

The drain, though it will not stop the area from flooding, will provide a means for the water to escape.

The work is part of wider measures to protect the community from the impacts of flooding and was approved in June by Aberdeenshire Council’s Policy and Resources committee, at an estimated cost of £235,000.

The community council were also told plans for the main scheme, which included getting the detailed design finalised and an information leaflet regarding the legal process for the flood scheme for Stonehaven.

It was said that legal process could delay the work, if objections were submitted at this stage.

Ms Kennedy said at the meeting: “I do think we will get objections and that is people’s democratic right.

‘‘It will be a process of working and speaking to the people of Stonehaven.”

Funding for the Flood Protection Scheme was agreed to in principle by councillors back in September.

Councillors approved funding, provisionallyd estimate at £14 – 16 million, at a meeting of the Policy and Resources