Give your views on flood risk management plans

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There are just a few weeks left for Argyll and Bute residents to give their views in a national consultation on how homes and businesses in Scotland can be protected from the risk of flooding.

There are currently 284,000 homes, businesses, and services at flood risk in Scotland and climate change is projected to increase this number by an estimated 110,000 by the 2080s.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) launched the joint consultation with local authorities, to help shape the direction and delivery of flood risk management across the country.

To do this, Scotland has been split into 14 local plan districts, with a flood risk management plan for each area.

The plans explain what causes flooding in high-risk areas as well as the potential impacts when flooding does occur to homes and businesses.

Argyll and Bute is covered within two local plan districts: Plan one: Highland and Argyll – covering from Oban to Campbeltown and across to Inveraray including the east of Loch Fyne; and plan two: Clyde and Loch Lomond – covering the areas including Lomond, Bute and Cowal.

‘One of Argyll and Bute’s greatest attractions is its 4,000km of coastline,’ said Councillor Rory Colville, policy lead for roads and infrastructure services.

‘However, with climate change, our coastline could also present a great challenge for the area.

‘The council is already working hard to progress flood protection schemes and studies in a number of our towns, and we have asked for input from residents and business owners. This is a chance to have an input as part of the national plan.’

To contribute to how flood risk is managed for your area, visit https://consultation.sepa.org.uk/evidence-and-flooding/frmplans/