Sands in­quiry gets un­der way

Pro­posal un­der mi­cro­scope

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - FRONT PAGE - Stephen Tem­lett

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

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