Arbuthnott drain to proceed...

Stonehaven has been hit twice by flooding in 2009 and 2012
Stonehaven has been hit twice by flooding in 2009 and 2012

Work to create the new Arbuthnott drain in Stonehaven’s Old Town at an estimated cost of £235,000 has been approved by councillors.

Aberdeenshire Council’s Policy and Resources Committee recently agreed to move forward with the project to help protect the community from flooding.

Kincardine and Mearns was devastated by flooding

Kincardine and Mearns was devastated by flooding

Work is continuing apace on a major scheme for the town, but other, smaller measures are also being implemented.

The Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee recently approved tenders for a series of short term measures, including reprofiling the embankment of the River Carron.

The work will also include the installation of debris screens on the Carron and the Glaslaw Burn.

The new Arbuthnott drain will provide a level of flood relief to the Old Town, which has previously been seriously affected by flooding.

While it will not remove the risk, it will allow flood water to escape more quickly.

The proposed work includes the construction of a large inlet chamber and more than 70 metres of culvert alongside buildings and through residential gardens.

It will finally culminate in a large headwall at the mouth of the River Carron.

Planning consent is already in place, and land negotiations agreed with all parties. It is thought that construction could be complete by winter.

Speaking after the meeting, Chair of the policy and resources committee and leader of the council, James Gifford, said: “Although the council can have no influence on the kind of severe weather which has previously led to flooding in Stonehaven, we have been working hard to introduce measures which will mitigate the impact it has and offer comfort, where possible, to local residents and businesses.

“This latest decision to proceed with the construction of a new Arbuthnott drain should offer another layer of defence to those living and working around the Carron.”

Vice chair, Martin Kitts-Hayes, added: “Following on from the recent decision of colleagues on the Kincardine and Mearns to proceed with more than £200,000 of flood alleviation measures, the committee’s decision to proceed with the Arbuthnott drain project represents further significant investment in Stonehaven.

“We hope local people know that we care about their situation and will do whatever possible to provide them with security in their homes and businesses in times of severe weather.”

n In addition to the above, the following work has recently been undertaken by the council:

The Mill Lade Soakaway was repaired prior to winter 2013;

Installation of discharge holes through the existing sea wall in the Old Town in three locations prior to winter 2013, providing a means for water to discharge in the event of a flood;

A study is currently under way to assess the most appropriate alignment of the rock armour at the mouth of the River Carron.