Sands inquiry gets under way
Proposal under microscope
TodayseesthestartofthepublicinquiryintothecontroversialWhitesandsflooddefenceschemeinDumfries. Thebackground to the £25 million proposal, the council’s reasons for it and hot topics such as alternative options will play a large part in the process, scheduledtolastatleastamonth.TheScottishGovernmentreporterscouldagreetheschemewithoutmodification,with modifications ... or scrap it entirely. Here, we look at some of the big issues up for debate
Floods have hit the Whitesands for centuries.
During Storms Desmond and Frank in 2015, the area suffered horrendous flooding with many businesses and homes wrecked.
While the scheme proposed by the council was agreed in 2015, the process towards it actually began four years earlier.
That’s when the council started looking at options. Completed in January, 2013, the “new vision Whitesands” included flood protection and improvements to the wider area.
Funding was agreed at the policy and resources committee in March, 2014. and a public display, with a scale model of the scheme, oppened in January, 2015.
Following feedback, which included a hefty degree of unease, a “significant redesign” took place before another engagement event in October the same year saw the project become a “raised walkway” scheme.
The economy, environment and infrastructure committee supported the design in November, 2015, with a public exhibition held a year later.
Finally, in December, 2016, the same committee agreed the project should be published as a flood protection scheme.
Under water Flooding on the Whitesands in Dumfries
The way forward? Image of the proposals