Brechin’s flood prevention scheme progresses

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A major project to protect Brechin from flooding has taken a step forward with Scottish Ministers approving the scheme in principal.

To keep the community updated, the council has now issued information packs to stakeholders, and a display on the scheme has been put up in Brechin Library.

Notices have also been displayed at locations in Brechin, attached to lamp-posts in Rivers street and East Mill Road.

It is also hoped to hold a community engagement events early in the New Year.

The Brechin Flood Prevention Scheme is designed to provide a 1 in 200 year level of protection to the residents along the bank of the River South Esk.

As part of the scheme, walls and embankments will be erected along the river, and existing drainage and culverts will be upgraded.

A number of environmental improvements are proposed as part of the works, including enhancements and road resurfacing at River Street.

The council is to submit an application to the Scottish Government for funding to cover the majority of the cost of the project, and if this is successful, expects work to start on site in January 2015 with completion by March 2016.