Com­rie to get flood defence

£24m bar­ri­ers to pro­tect vil­lage

Strathearn Herald - - NEWS - Rachel Clark

A new flood defence scheme worth £ 24 mil­lion is to be built in Com­rie.

At a meeting of Perth and Kin­ross Coun­cil’s en­vi­ron­ment, en­ter­prise and in­fra­struc­ture com­mit­tee on Wednesday elected mem­bers unan­i­mously agreed to cre­ate a flood defence scheme in the vil­lage by building flood walls and em­bank­ments.

The coun­cil had ini­tially drawn up five op­tions for the project and hired Mouchel con­sult­ing en­gi­neers to carry out a flood study of the area.

The group went on to rec­om­mended int ro­duc­ing £ 24m worth of flood walls and em­bank­ments,

The coun­cil agreed on the rec­om­men­da­tion in the re­port pre­sented to the com­mit­tee.

The doc­u­ment said: “The pro­posed scheme in­cludes the pro­vi­sion of ap­prox­i­mately 3km of new flood walls and 1km of flood em­bank­ments along the Wa­ter of Ruchill, the River Earn and River Led­nock river cor­ri­dors.

“Some of the older flood de­fences on the Wa­ter of Ruchill will also re­quire to be raised and re­fur­bished in or­der to bring them up to mod­ern stan­dards and to ex­tend their de­sign life.”

The Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment has al­ready com­mit­ted £ 19.7m to the project, with the coun­cil ex­pected to make up the re­main­ing £4.9m.

Peter Dick­son, the coun­cil’s se­nior en­gi­neer for struc­tures and flood­ing, told the coun­cil: “This op­tion al­lows more tra­di­tional flood walls and em­bank­ments to keep out the wa­ter with 3km of flood walls, as well as rais­ing the walled flood de­fences and main­tain­ing ac­cess.

“This is the pre­ferred op­tion on the ba­sis of fea­si­bil­ity and eco­nomic vi­a­bil­ity.”

The other op­tions on the ta­ble in­cluded dredg­ing the rivers and building a num­ber of dams but the com­mit­tee was ad­vised these were too costly, with the most ex­pen­sive op­tion com­ing in at nearly £70m.

Coun­cil­lor An­gus Forbes ques­tioned why Com­rie Par­ish Church was not in­cluded in the pro­posed draw­ings, which was also asked by Strat­hearn ward coun­cil­lor Roz McCall prior to the meeting.

Cllr Ste­wart Don­ald­son, who also rep­re­sents the Strat­hearn ward, added this was an area of risk be­cause of chil­dren play­ing nearby.

Mr Dick­son said the ground was high enough above the wa­ter but added fur­ther stud­ies would be un­der­taken.

Cllr Grant Laing joked: “The churches in the area rely on a higher author­ity than the lo­cal author­ity.”

Mr Dick­son told the com­mit­tee the designs will now be fur­ther de­vel­oped.

It is es­ti­mated the project could take up to three years to com­plete.

Cllr Anne Jarvis said: “This is good news for the peo­ple of Com­rie.”

Ex­tra pro­tec­tion Res­cuers re­spond to flood­ing in 2012

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