Final chance for flood resilience funding

A map showing the properties which may be eligible for flood resilience measures.
A map showing the properties which may be eligible for flood resilience measures.

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‘We don’t want people to miss out on this chance to have their homes included in the scheme, so we need to hear from you now.’

A small number of properties in Campbeltown are eligible to receive grant support to help make them more resilient to flood damage – but there is limited time to claim the funding.

Owners and occupiers at 13 to 27 Lochend Street, 10 to 30 Saddell Street, flats 4 and 6 John Street, and 2 to 4 Lady Mary Row were contacted at the end of last year about the possibility of being eligible. However, in order to take advantage of the funds and improvements on offer, anyone who has not been in touch with Argyll and Bute Council must do so by February 28. This offer, jointly funded by the council and the Scottish Government, is only available now.

The project is part of the overall design for the Flood Protection Scheme (FPS) for Campbeltown being led by Argyll and Bute Council. The scheme comprises catchment-wide flood mitigation works and property flood resilience (PFR) measures.

A number of properties have been targeted for PFR measures to increase the standard of protection offered by the scheme.

PFR measures are a range of products which can be used to limit water entering property, including barriers on windows and doors; use of non-return vales to prevent backing-up of floodwaters; automatically closing airbricks; and small pump systems. Other options are available, all of which aim to reduce flood damage and enhance peace of mind.

Once householders get in touch with the council, they will be contacted by its specialist consultant. Their homes will then be given specialist property surveys to understand how water enters the property and what products are required to limit water ingress.

Councillor Rory Colville, policy lead for roads and infrastructure services, said: ‘Normally we would go and knock at doors to talk to householders face-to-face and get them signed up. Unfortunately, that is not possible at the moment.

‘We don’t want people to miss out on this chance to have their homes included in the scheme, so we need to hear from you now. If you live in one of the properties shown on the map – I urge you to get in touch.’

For more information email Campbeltown.comments.uki@aecom.com or call Aisling McGilloway at engineering firm AECOM on 0131 301 8600.

Emails can also be sent to floodingenquiries@argyll-bute.gov.uk

More information on Campbeltown FPS is available on the council website at argyll-bute.gov.uk