Work be­gins on flood pro­tec­tion plan

Ayrshire Post - - Cumnock And Doon Valley -

Work is now un­der­way at the Leg­gate in New Cum­nock as part of the £ 4.7mil­lion Flood Pro­tec­tion Scheme.

Con­trac­tor Barhale Con­struc­tion PLC has been ap­pointed to con­struct phase one of the flood pre­ven­tion works that will take in the re­gion of 18 weeks to com­plete.

Prepara­tory works have al­ready been com­pleted on site in­clud­ing the diver­sion of a ma­jor high pres­sure wa­ter main. The wa­ter main diver­sion was a sig­nif­i­cant part of the project with the work be­ing car­ried out by In­no­va­tive Utilities ( UK) Ltd.

Coun­cil­lor Dou­glas Reid, leader of the coun­cil, was joined at the Leg­gate by Coun­cil­lor Jim Roberts, Cab­i­net Mem­ber for Econ­omy and In­fra­struc­ture; lo­cal elected mem­bers Coun­cil­lors Billy Craw­ford, Jim McMa­hon, Jac­qui Todd and Wal­ter Young and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from the lo­cal com­mu­nity. Coun­cil­lor Dou­glas Reid said: “The flood pre­ven­tion works will pro­tect the prop­er­ties in the im­me­di­ate vicin­ity of the Con­nel Burn from fu­ture flood­ing.

“The works will be a com­bi­na­tion of en­gi­neer­ing mea­sures, earth em­bank­ments and re­in­forced con­crete walls that have been spe­cially de­signed to con­tain any flood wa­ters within the Con­nel Burn. Our con­trac­tors will also be re- pro­fil­ing the ground and the ex­ist­ing burn bank to al­low ex­cess wa­ters to be redi­rected down­stream of the Con­nel Burn Bridge.

“Once this phase of work is com­pleted the Roads Main­te­nance Unit will ad­just the pro­file of the B741 car­riage­way to com­ple­ment the works.

“The flood­ing that they ex­pe­ri­enced in the past was dev­as­tat­ing and we are com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing that homes are pro­tected and safe by de­vel­op­ing this ex­ten­sive flood pre­ven­tion scheme.”

Later this year, phase two of the works will start with flood pre­ven­tion mea­sures be­ing in­stalled along both banks of the Afton Wa­ter, New Cum­nock that will pro­tect homes on either side of the river.

Dis­cus­sions are on­go­ing with the Statu­tory Un­der­tak­ers and also with lo­cal landown­ers to en­sure that all ac­cess per­mis­sions are agreed to al­low con­struc­tion work to go ahead as soon as is pos­si­ble.

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