Hearing date set for Caol flood scheme
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