Ar­gu­ments on flood de­fences go on­line

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - NEWS -

Kenny Mac­Don­ald

Flood pre­ven­tion scheme pro­test­ers and sup­port­ers can see the op­pos­ing ar­gu­ments on a Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment web­site.

The views and pro­pos­als of the groups are on­line now af­ter be­ing posted ear­lier this week in the leadup to next month’s pub­lic in­quiry.

Op­po­si­tion group Save Our Sands in­sist there are cheaper ver­sions of bar­ri­ers to pro­tect homes and busi­nesses and are ve­he­mently against the £25 mil­lion scheme pro­posed by the coun­cil.

Spokesman John Dow­son said: “It’s a ridicu­lous waste of money.

“So many peo­ple are against it. The fact our fight­ing fund over­took its £5,000 tar­get in weeks says so much about the strength of feel­ing.

“The money is to be used to pay lawyers, ar­chi­tects and engi­neers to back our case. But the re­sources avail­able to the coun­cil, who have al­ready spent £90,000 on their solic­i­tors – who are not from Dum­fries – shows that it re­ally is a David and Go­liath bat­tle.”

The coun­cil pro­posal in­cludes an earth bank­ing stretch from Dock Park along White­sands to­wards the Green­sands. The area has reg­u­larly been hit by flood­ing over the years with wa­ter cas­cad­ing through river­front busi­nesses.

SOS mem­bers and waterfront firms’ own­ers are fu­ri­ous that the coun­cil’s plan would take three years to im­ple­ment and also block views of the Nith and the town’s old Devorgilla Bridge.

The pub­lic in­quiry is due to start on Novem­ber 6 at the Crichton and is ex­pected to run for four weeks.

Any­one want­ing to study the re­ports should log on to: https://­ CaseDe­tails.aspx?id=118470 and the ref­er­ence is FPS-170-1 (Flood Pre­ven­tion Scheme).

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