Flood protection plea to First Minister

Villagers are concerned about a repeat of last winter's Storm Frank devastation

Villagers are concerned about a repeat of last winter's Storm Frank devastation

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Ballater residents are seeking the support of the First Minister in securing improved flood protection.

It comes amid fears of a repeat of last winter’s devastating Storm Frank flooding.

Ballater Flood Group has written to Nicola Sturgeon asking for intervention to persuade Aberdeenshire Council to revise its proposals to strenghten local flood defences.

The authority began work this week to reinstate 40 metres of damaged bund along the riverside.

Marr Area Committee chair Moira Ingleby said: “Although it won’t ensure the town is never flooded by another exceptional weather event, it does restore and build on the protection which was there previously.”

But the flood group is concerned that a like-for-like replacement is not the solution as the Storm Frank floods had completely changed the river.

Co-ordinator Tony Cox said they were seeking a meeting with the council’s flood team to discuss the protection strategy.

Meanwhile, Aberdeenshire West MSP Alexander Burnett is urging the local authority and the Scottish Government to commit urgent funding for new flood defences in Ballater.

Mr Burnett said: “The impact of last December’s flooding was devastating for many areas across the North-east, but Ballater was particularly badly hit.

“There is genuine concern locally that the present system of flood defences is totally inadequate to cope with any further deluge this coming winter.”

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