Flood pre­ven­tion scheme means ma­ture trees will have to be felled

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS -

Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil has re­vealed it will have to re­move 15 trees from a Stone­haven street due to un­ex­pected ground con­di­tions dis­cov­ered dur­ing flood works.

Work is un­der way on the town’s flood pro­tec­tion scheme in the Cameron Street, Car­ron Ter­race and Ar­buth­nott Street ar­eas, which have been se­verely dam­aged by heavy storms and flood­ing in the past.

The roads run along­side the River Car­ron, which has pre­vi­ously burst its banks dur­ing heavy rain.

Progress on the project has been tem­po­rar­ily halted af­ter work­ers came across un­ex­pected ground con­di­tions.

Although the scheme was orig­i­nally de­signed to re­tain as much of the lo­cal fo­liage as pos­si­ble, the coun­cil has now con­firmed that a num­ber of trees will be re­moved. Re­place­ments will be planted.

Gavin Pen­man, projects man­ager at Aberdeen­shire Coun­cil, said: “We have en­deav­oured to de­sign the scheme around the trees, but un­for­tu­nately this has not been pos­si­ble when we came to the con­struc­tion stage, and it is re­gret­table that we have had to re­move them.

“Sev­eral at­tempts have been made to in­stall metal sheet piles in or­der to iso­late the 15 pol­larded lime trees from the ex­ca­va­tion works as part of the Stone­haven Flood Pre­ven­tion Scheme al­low­ing for their re­ten­tion.

“How­ever, due to ground con­di­tions this has not been pos­si­ble and, de­spite ex­plor­ing other de­sign so­lu­tions, no prac­ti­cal so­lu­tion was iden­ti­fied which would en­able the river­bank and trees to be pre­served.

“Fif­teen ma­ture re­place­ment trees will be planted dur­ing the wider project land­scap­ing works.”

An in­for­ma­tion evening will be held in part­ner­ship with the Stone­haven Flood Ac­tion Group on Novem­ber 19, where lo­cals can find out more about progress.

It will take place from 7-9pm at the In­ver­car­ron Re­source Cen­tre on Low Wood Road.

Flood pre­ven­tion work un­der way in Stone­haven will mean the loss of ma­ture trees

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