Mill Lade’will not reopen,’ says committee report

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The Mill Lade culvert, which historically helped to drain water away from the Dunnottar Avenue and Arbuthnott areas, will not be re-opened.

That was made clear in a report put before councillors this week.

Members of the Kincardine and Mearns area committee were considering a progress update on the flood protection scheme.

The report stated: “The capacity of the existing Mill Lade has been investigated following various enquiries from residents

‘‘The findings indicate that reopening the Mill Lade and connecting it to the River Carron would result in additional capacity of 1 to 1.5m3/s. This is the equivalent to around 4% of the peak flow experienced in 2009 and 2012.

“However, to reopen the Mill Lade network would require substantial cost and construction as a significant proportion of the network has been destroyed over time. Several properties have been built on what was the existing Mill Pond.

‘‘There is also a secondary issue of introducing flood risk to properties that currently have not been exposed to flooding. Due to the constraints detailed in the report we would not reopen the Mill Lade.”

The report also confirmed that work on the new Arbuthnott Drain will be completed in November.