Hear­ing date set for Caol flood scheme

The Oban Times - - NEWS - By Neill Bo Fin­layson nfin­[email protected]­times.co.uk

A pro­vi­sional hear­ing date for the multi-mil­lion-pound Caol and Lochy­side Flood Pro­tec­tion Scheme project has now been set.

The pro­posed scheme forms part of the coun­cil’s Lo­cal Flood Risk Man­age­ment Plan and is one of a num­ber of schemes in which the coun­cil plans to im­ple­ment within the next six years.

The coun­cil’s en­vi­ron­ment, devel­op­ment and in­fra­struc­ture com­mit­tee mem­bers made a pre­lim­i­nary de­ci­sion in Au­gust to con­firm the flood scheme with­out mod­i­fi­ca­tion, fol­low­ing an ob­jec­tion to the scheme, re­ceived dur­ing the no­tice pe­riod. The de­ci­sion there­fore was re­ferred to the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment for con­sid­er­a­tion.

In Septem­ber, Scot­tish min­is­ters ad­vised the coun­cil that they did not wish to call in the scheme for fur­ther con­sid­er­a­tion. How­ever, they ad­vised that an in­de­pen­dent re­porter should be ap­pointed by High­land Coun­cil to hold a hear­ing on the pro­posed scheme.

A pro­vi­sional date for the hear­ing has now been set for Fe­bru­ary 28. Full de­tails of the hear­ing will be pub­lished in the lo­cal me­dia at least four weeks be­fore the hear­ing date.

Ly­ing to the north of the River Lochy con­flu­ence with Loch Linnhe, Caol and Lochy­side have his­tor­i­cally been sub­ject to flood­ing from both tidal and flu­vial sources, with the last sig­nif­i­cant flood event oc­cur­ring in 2005 from a storm surge in Loch Linnhe com­bined with rel­a­tively high flows in the River Lochy.

Coun­cil of­fi­cials and the coun­cil’s flood pro­tec­tion con­sul­tant held an in­for­ma­tion event in May in Caol Com­mu­nity Cen­tre where they ex­plained the lat­est de­sign for the scheme and pro­vided in­for­ma­tion on the flood pro­tec­tion scheme pro­ce­dure. An up­dated fly­through an­i­ma­tion of the scheme was shown as well as the scheme draw­ings and il­lus­tra­tive dis­play boards.

De­tails on the pro­pos­als and the com­mu­nity con­sul­ta­tion that has taken place to date are avail­able on the High­land Coun­cil’s web­site.

A pro­vi­sional date for the hear­ing has been set for Fe­bru­ary 28, 2019

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