A Stonehaven resident has voiced his concerns about Aberdeenshire Council’s flood protection scheme, which will see a 1.8m high wall built alongside the Carron River.
Alan Craig recently erected a wooden board at the end of Carron Terrace, to give passersby a visual idea of the height that the wall will reach.
He said: “Passersby remarked at how high the wall was going to be and how little they had understood that this was going to be the case.
“Although the plans presented for the scheme do somewhere state proposed wall heights it is by no means clear to the lay-man. Nothing makes it clearer than a physical representation of what is to be put in place.”
However, Mr Craig added that he was disappointed to see that his “visual aid” was promptly removed by Aberdeenshire Council: “By 4pm the next day council workers had been instructed by a flood scheme manager to remove this visual aid. One has to wonder why such a speedy response to something that was proving enlightening to those that passed by.”
Mr Craig added that he felt strongly that, in the interim period before the works are undertaken, a channel should be made through the rock armour at the mouth of the River Carron to see if it would make any difference when the river is in spate.
He said: “Stonehaven may have flooded in the past but nowhere near severe as 2009 and 2012 events - both after the rock armour was built by the council to protect a sewer pipe.
“Perhaps a short term measure this winter would be to open up some of the rock armour to allow the river when in spate to flow over the top.
“How much would that cost? Let’s try that before we hit the winter. Then see what effect it has on the river. What have we got to lose - the “big scheme” isn’t going to happen for years yet.
He added: “There is an unfathomable reluctance on the part of the flood engineers to properly deal with the issue of the rock armour. We have been fobbed off and as yet there has been no full modelling of the effect completely removing the rock armour would have.
“Fix the mistakes of the past instead of building 6 foot high mistakes now.”
Head of Roads and Landscape Services, Philip McKay, said: “We are aware of concerns around the proposed wall at the end of Carron Terrace and are currently in the process of meeting with all objectors with a view to resolving their concerns where possible.
“This may include making minor design alterations to enhance the scheme visually.
“We have explored the current rock armour arrangement at the mouth of the Carron in some detail. Flood modelling indicates that the current arrangement provides important protection to the town from coastal flooding while allowing discharge of water from the Carron itself.”