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Flood Prevention Schemes

FloodThe Flood Prevention (Scotland) Act 1961 gave local authorities discretionary powers to make and build flood prevention schemes.

Some of Scotland's Recent Flood Prevention Schemes:

For fuller details of these schemes and any others please contact the local authority with overall responsibility for the scheme.

Galashiels Flood Prevention Scheme Confirmed March 2011

The Galashiels Flood Prevention Scheme was confirmed without modifications on behalf of Scottish Ministers on March 22, 2011.

Forres (River Findhorn & Pilmuir) Flood Prevention Scheme Confirmed March 2011

The Forres (River Findhorn & Pilmuir) Flood Prevention Scheme 2008 was confirmed by the Scottish Government on March 9, 2011.

Roseanna Cunningham, The Minister for Environment and Climate Change, announced that the scheme has been confirmed without modifications as recommended in the report of the public inquiry.

Ms Cunningham said:

"I'm pleased to announce the confirmation of this scheme for Forres. It is designed to protect more than 900 homes and 76 businesses in the town from flooding from the River Findhorn.

"Forres has fallen victim to flooding 16 times in the last 300 years and this new scheme will help provide reassurance for the town's residents as well as protect the transport infrastructure and the wider environment.

"This scheme was submitted for approval after the current funding arrangements were put in place in 2007. The Scottish Government is keen to ensure swift progress is made on implementing this scheme. That's why the Scottish Government and COSLA have agreed to hold discussions around capital support for funding future flood schemes and this Forres scheme will be considered in that context."

The reasons for confirming the Forres (River Findhorn & Pilmuir) Flood Prevention Scheme are set out in full in the decision letter.

Elgin Flood Prevention Scheme Confirmed December 2010

Roseanna Cunningham MSP, the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, announced on December 20, 2010 that the Elgin Flood Prevention Scheme was confirmed with modifications as recommended in the report of the public inquiry.

The reasons for confirming the Elgin Flood Prevention Scheme with these modifications are set out in full in the decision letter.

Elgin Flood Prevention Scheme - Report of the Public Inquiry, October 6, 2010

On October 6, 2010, Rosanna Cunningham MSP (Minister for Environment) announced that the report of the Public Local Inquiry concerning the Elgin Flood Prevention Scheme had identified a flaw in the scheme and recommended a modification.

Under the Flood Prevention ( Scotland) Act 1961, Ministers must intimate the terms of the modification under consideration to those the parties on whom a copy of the scheme was served by the Council in 2007 and on any other person who in the opinion of Ministers may be affected by the modification and consider any representations before making their decision.

Any representations must be made by November 8, 2010 for Ministers' consideration. As a result Ministers have decided to publish the following documents:

Knowle Burn Flood Prevention Scheme Confirmed, June 30 2009

Minister for Environment, Roseanna Cunningham MSP today announced that Knowle Burn Flood Prevention Scheme 2007 had been confirmed.

Ms. Cunningham said:

"Flooding is a serious issue and it is vital that we have adequate protective and preventative measures in place. Not only can flooding seriously impact upon our natural environment it can also destroy businesses and even leave people homeless.

"The decision to confirm the Knowle Burn Flood Prevention Scheme without modification was made only after objections and evidence presented at the Public Inquiry had been carefully considered.

"Following the Reporter's findings and recommendations it was concluded that the Scheme fulfilled the vital criteria in being technically sound, sympathetic to the environment, and crucially, would provide local people with a level of protection delivering value for money over the life of the Scheme.

"Originally promoted by West Dunbartonshire Council to reduce flooding risk to 69 properties in Dumbarton, the local authority will now take forward the scheme to construction."

The reasons for confirming the Knowle Burn Flood Prevention Scheme are set out in full in the decision letter.

River Ness (Upper section) Flood Prevention Scheme 2008

River Ness (Tidal section) Flood Prevention Scheme 2008 and the River Ness (Upper section) Flood Prevention Scheme 2008 were confirmed, without modification, by the Scottish Government on March 16, 2009. Highland Council promoted these Schemes to mitigate both tidal and fluvial flooding to over 1000 residential and commercial properties in Inverness and submitted them for confirmation under the Flood Prevention ( Scotland ) Act 1961. No objections to confirmation were made.

South West Inverness Flood Prevention Scheme Confirmed, September 1 2008

The South West Inverness Flood Prevention Scheme 2006 was confirmed on September 1, 2008. Highland Council has promoted the Flood Prevention Scheme to mitigate flooding in the south west of Inverness from several watercourses known as Ault na Skiah, Slackbuie Spring, Slackbuie Channel, Lochardil Burn and Culduthel Channel. The Scheme consists of a relief channel with associated structures to carry excess flows from these burns to discharge to the Holm Burn, a tributary of the River Ness and associated works on the Holm Burn. The Scheme aims to reduce the flood risk in Inverness from these burns to less than 1% and takes account of the likely impacts of climate change over the design life of the scheme. It is now for The Highland Council to take forward the Scheme to construction.

Rothes Flood Prevention Scheme Confirmed, February 18 2008

The Rothes Flood Prevention Scheme 2006 was confirmed on February 18, 2008.

Minister for Environment Michael Russell said: "I am pleased to confirm that Moray Council can go ahead with a sound flood prevention scheme for Rothes.

"The three small burns (Burn of Rothes, Back Burn and the Black Burn) converge in the village before entering the Spey. As a result over 400 homes and businesses - around 80 per cent of Rothes - are at high risk of flooding from these burns.

"Rothes was subject to severe floods in 1997 and 2002 which caused substantial damage to businesses and properties in this area.

"The estimated cost to the area was £1.65 million and £2 million respectively. This new flood prevention scheme will help prevent this happening in the future.

The £21 million Rothes scheme comprises of channel rehabilitation, addressing sediment movement and habitat restoration. The flood capacity will be increased through a series of channel and structure modifications and through the provision of formal flood defences through Rothes. The works will aim to ensure a standard of flood protection of at least 1 in 100 years (1 per cent Annual Exceedance Probability Event (AEP)), including an allowance for climate change. The Moray Council has awarded the construction contract which began in summer 2008 with completion planned for December 2010.

Kilbride Road, Dunoon Flood Prevention Scheme Confirmed, January 29 2008

The Kilbride Road, Dunoon Flood Prevention Scheme 2007 was confirmed on January 29, 2008. Flooding in the Kilbride Road area from the Crochan Burn regularly causes substantial damages to businesses and properties in the area. The flood prevention scheme comprises a new culvert along Kilbride Road together with ancillary drainage improvements to protect businesses and properties against flooding up to a 1% Annual Exceedance Probability Event (AEP), taking into account the effects of climate change. Argyll & Bute Council has awarded the construction contract with completion planned for summer 2009.

Broxburn Flood Protection Scheme Confirmed, September 25 2007

Proposals to provide flood defences in Broxburn to protect properties in the area were confirmed on September 25, 2007 by Minister for the Environment Michael Russell.

Mr Russell said: "I am pleased to announce confirmation of this scheme which means West Lothian Council will be able to go ahead with the flood prevention scheme for Broxburn."

"This scheme will provide businesses and residents in Broxburn with a high level of protection taking account of the likely impacts of climate change over the life of the scheme and will also be sympathetic to the environment, in particular the water environment, and will deliver value for money.

"The Scottish Government is committed to protecting vulnerable communities from the threat of flooding, by supporting local authorities' efforts to reduce flood risk."

Bo'ness Foreshore Flood Prevention Scheme 2006

On August 13, 2007 Michael Russell (Minister for Environment) announced that the Bo'ness Foreshore Flood Prevention Scheme 2006 had been confirmed with modifications. The modifications address legal uncertainties in relation to the incorporation into the Scheme, as originally drafted by Falkirk Council, of the provisions of the First Schedule to the Act. There is no change to the flood prevention operations described in the Scheme or to any plans referred to in the Scheme. The Scheme was promoted by the Falkirk Council to reduce the risk of tidal flooding of industrial developments and some 269 residential properties to less than 1% annual probability. It is now for the Falkirk Council to take forward the Scheme to construction.

Forres (Burn of Mosset) Flood Prevention Scheme 2005

On July 30, 2007 Michael Russell (Minister for Environment) announced that the Forres (Burn of Mosset) Flood Prevention Scheme 2005 had been confirmed with modifications. The modifications were detailed on March 12, 2007 by the then Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development when she published the Report of the Public Inquiry and the consultation on the modifications under consideration. The Scottish Ministers have set out their reasons in full in their decision letter. The Scheme was promoted by the Moray Council to reduce the risk of flooding to some 800 properties in Forres and Rafford to less than one per cent annual probability. It is now for the Moray Council to take forward the Scheme to construction.

Saltcoats Flood Prevention Scheme 2006

On May 30, 2007 the Saltcoats Flood Prevention Scheme 2006 was confirmed by the Scottish Ministers without modification. The Scheme was promoted by North Ayrshire Council to mitigate tidal flooding of the town centre and sea front. The Scheme will reduce the risk of flooding to some 345 properties to less than 1% annual probability. It is now for North Ayrshire Council to take forward the Scheme to construction.

Water of Leith Flood Prevention Scheme

On March 16, 2007 Ross Finnie, then Minister for Environment and Rural Development announced confirmation of the Water of Leith Flood Prevention Scheme with the modifications labelled A, B, C, D, E, F2, H (other than those modifications to replace the demountable defences at Avondale Place and Glenogle Terrace with glass panels) and I4. These modifications were detailed on September 8, 2005 by the then Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development when she announced the report of the Public Local Inquiry and the consultation on the modifications which were being considered. The Scottish Ministers have carefully considered all of the issues raised in the representations made. Details of their consideration and their conclusions are set out in full in the Scottish Ministers' decision letter.

Modification Label

Location

Confirmed Modifications

A

Harperrig, Harlaw & Threipmuir Reservoirs

Reconfiguring valves and telemetry system

B

Threipmuir Reservoir

Re-location of weir to Easter Bavelaw causeway

C

Haughhead Ford

Council proposal M5 - alteration to land required

D

Longstone, Murray Burn & Saughton

Council proposals M2 - alteration to details at Longstone viaduct, M3 - raising of defences at confluence with Murray Burn, and M6 alteration to land required at Saughton Allotments

E

Balgreen

Council proposal M2 -provide protection to railway embankment

F2

Murrayfield

SRU's proposals for Murrayfield and

Retain Baird Drive bridges and provide additional details about other defences at Murrayfield and Roseburn Park

H

All localities downstream of Murrayfield/Roseburn Park

Stockbridge Colonies

increases downstream consequential to F2 and

Council proposals M1 - defences at Tanfield House; M7- provide flood gates at Falshaw Bridge; and

Insertion of glass panels at Ettrickdale Place and Liddesdale Place

I4

General

Address drafting error in paragraph 5 of Scheme