MORAY VILLAGE ON THE ROAD TO FLOOD FUNDING
Environment: Sepa may add Moray fishing village to ‘vulnerable’ list
A flood-hit Moray coastal village could soon be classed as vulnerable by environmental experts enabling it to access funds for protection measures.
High tides have flooded homes in Portessie three times in five years.
In January there was uproar when it emerged the community was to miss out on flood protection funding because it was not deemed “at risk” by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency.
Sepa’s criteria prevented the village from being considered because it had fewer than 50 houses.
However the environmental protection organisation has now revealed it
“I hope this goes some way to alleviating their anxiety”
is considering adding the community to its list of potentially vulnerable areas as part of the National Flood Risk Assessment, which has been backed by Moray Council.
This will mean the village is eligible for funding in future from both Sepa and the council.
Yesterday Councillor Tim Eagle, Buckie ward, said the decision would help provide some reassurance to the beleaguered villagers that their concerns were being listened to.
He said: “Residents have understandably expressed concern about flooding. I very much hope that this announcement goes some way to alleviating that anxiety.
“However, we have to accept that without extra support from the Scottish Government it will be very difficult for Moray Council to carry out all the works we would like to under-
take to protect our coastal communities. It is a hugely expensive business and the local government funding package we receive does not seem to take into account the extra costs coun-
cils with long coastlines, like Moray, incur in protecting their communities.”
It is also proposed that the Potential Vulnerable Area status afforded to Newmill be extended to include
Keith in recognition of a surface water problem.
The authority is developing a surface water management plan for Moray, and Keith has been identified as a priority area.
Moray MP Douglas Ross added: “It is very important that residents in our coastal communities are provided with as much reassurance as possible when it comes to flooding.”
FLOOD RISK: Storm surf enters the gardens of houses in Portessie where homes have been flooded three times in five years