Studies to protect two North-east towns from flooding goes before members

Flooding in Stonehaven.
Flooding in Stonehaven.

Flood protection studies in two North-east towns could be approved by councillors next week.

Aberdeenshire Council has asked both the Formartine and Kincardine and Mearns area committees to give the go-ahead to two separate examinations in Ellon and Stonehaven.

In Stonehaven the study would focus on the coastal protection for the seaside town and cost £180,000.

They are part of a wider flood risk and coast protection programme of measures by the local authority.

Kincardine and Mearns could approve the funding for the investigation at a meeting on Tuesday.

Aberdeen-shire Council has already drawn up a £16 million flood prevention scheme in a bid to stop Stonehaven becoming the victim of another flood similar to 2009 and 2012 when the River Carron burst its banks.

The project seeks to cope with extreme flood events in the river and Glaslaw Burn but does not address the risk from coastal flooding.

Stephen Archer, director of infrastructure services at Aberdeenshire Council, said: “The costs in the programme of measures identified as to be funded for the 2018/2019 financial year are to be funded from the Flood Management allocation of £836,000 contained in the Revenue Budget for 2018/2019 as approved by Aberdeenshire Council on March 8.

“The costs in the programme of measures identified to be funded from Capital budget will be met from the £5,591,000 allocation for the 2018/2019 financial year from the Harbours, Coast & Flooding line in the Capital Plan also approved by Aberdeenshire Council on March 8.

“Stonehaven Flood Protection Scheme costs are to be covered by the capital grant from the Scottish Government (80% funding) and the harbours, coast and flooding line in the capital plan (20% funding) covered in 2018/19 and 2019/20, as confirmed by finance department and previously reported to infrastructure service committee.”

Meanwhile, councillors on the Formartine area committee will be asked to approve funding for battling flooding in the town.

The Ellon Flood Protection study will cost the local authority £80,000 to implement.