Funding for Brechin’s long awaited flood prevention scheme has been granted by the Scottish Government, with the award of £13.1 million worth of funding.
The flood prevention scheme is an integrated flood and drainage scheme which will provide protection from flooding. The scheme consists of direct defenses; flood embankments and flood walls; upgrades to the existing surface water drainage system, including work on the Denburn Culvert and installation of three submerged pump stations.
The total cost of the scheme is £16.3 million, with Angus Council set to meet the remaining costs. The council are aiming to complete the scheme in the next two years.
Angus Council’s vice convener of communities councillor Jeanette Gaul welcomed the news, commented: “The Brechin Flood Prevention Scheme is the single largest civil engineering project within Angus and affects a large number of individuals, group and businesses. I am delighted that the Government has recognised how essential this scheme is and given its approval. The flood prevention scheme is a hugely important project for Brechin and represents a significant investment in the burgh.”
Nigel Don, MSP for Angus North and Mearns, said: “I am absolutely delighted by this announcement and congratulate Angus Council on all the hard work it has done to ensure that the scheme is fully consented. This was instrumental in allowing the grant to come from Scottish Government funds, and it also means that work should start this year.”