MSP welcomes action after Culter flood concerns

MSP Ross Thomson met residents to discuss their fears
MSP Ross Thomson met residents to discuss their fears

An MSP has hailed a positive outcome for local residents in Culter as work was confirmed to prevent further flooding in the area.

Scottish Water has agreed to carry out sewer reinforcements, while Aberdeen City Council has said that it will complete remedial works along the Lover’s Walk riverside path.

North East Region MSP Ross Thomson had urged both agencies to take investigate concerns raised by residents after a visit to the site in September.

Previous flooding in the area, which was lashed by Storm Frank last December, had eroded popular footpaths and left a major sewage pipe exposed at certain points.

The Land Registry has since confirmed that Aberdeen City Council has responsibility for the land, while Scottish Water has said that its work would take place this week.

The Lovers’ Walk route stretches along the riverbank from Peterculter Cemetery to Camphill Estate in Milltimber and around the Insch of Culter, known as Peter’s Pot.

Mr Thomson said: “I am delighted that both Scottish Water and Aberdeen City Council have agreed to carry out works to address the concerns of local residents.

“The extent of the erosion around the main sewage pipe was alarming and required urgent attention.

“I have worked closely with the community council and local residents throughout this process. It can be challenging for people when there are so many different organisations to work with.

“In this instance, we had to deal with both Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire councils, as well as Scottish Water and SEPA."

He added: “The community will be pleased to see some action being taken. The riverside path is very popular with dog walkers and cyclists, who will benefit from the remedial work by the city council.

“This is a positive outcome and I hope we can alleviate at least some of the concerns that residents have about future flooding incidents.”