Campbeltown flood protection scheme progresses

Flooding in Campbeltown in 2014 was described as 'the worst in 30 years'. 20_c46floods02
Flooding in Campbeltown in 2014 was described as 'the worst in 30 years'.

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Argyll and Bute Council has outlined the next steps that will be taken to progress Campbeltown’s flood protection scheme.

The local authority says developing the scheme will not only cut down on flood risk but also deliver financial and economic benefits for homeowners and businesses by avoiding property damage.

The council’s environment, development and infrastructure committee has agreed the next stage in progressing the scheme: the full business case will be developed and invitation to tender issued for the construction of the main flood scheme and supply and installation of property flood-resilience measures.

The scheme involves a flood storage area in Millknowe and a partial increase in size of the surface water culvert running along Dalaruan Street from the proposed storage area.

Surface water management will also be put in place at The Meadows and Burnside Square to further reduce the risk of flooding to the town.

Property flood defences will also be provided to some buildings to improve the standard of protection offered by the scheme.

These measures could include barriers on windows and doors; use of non-return valves to prevent backing-up of floodwaters; automatically closing airbricks; and small pump systems.

Expected long-term benefits of the scheme for the town include:

  • Improvement in residents’ health and wellbeing by reducing stress associated with flooding
  • Reduced risk of flooding at the police and fire stations
  • Reduced flooding within the Campbeltown conservation area which is home to a number of listed buildings maintaining cultural heritage of the area for future
  • Reduced risk to key roads within Campbeltown, improving accessibility for residents and emergency services during storms
  • Greater community engagement in understanding flood risk
  • Reduced load on the sewer network therefore reduced risk of manhole flooding and associated health impacts

The Scottish Government is expected to fund 80 per cent of scheme costs up to a total project cost of £9.330 million, resulting in Scottish Government funding of £7.464 million with the council contributing £1.866 million.

Councillor Rory Colville, policy lead for roads and infrastructure services, said: ‘I’d like to thank everyone who has contributed their views and ideas to the scheme to date.

‘There are some excellent plans in place which, if funding is approved by the Scottish Government, will make a massive difference to Campbeltown and the wellbeing of its residents.’

Full details of the scheme can be found on the council website: www.argyll-bute.gov.uk/consultations/campbeltown-flood-prevention-scheme