Davidson: action needed to rectify local flood damage

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AN ELLON councillor has pledged that she will be working actively in the coming months to ensure speedy repairs to recent storm damage.

Cllr Isobel Davidson said that the heavy rainfall over the past couple of months meant that council officials would need to investigate the impact of such floods on the new Ellon Academy site, and particularly at the point where the proposed footbridge to the academy will cross the Ythan.

“I have asked officers to investigate these concerns, particularly relating to the capacity of the bridge to cope with floods at the area,” she said. “It’s something that will have to be taken into consideration when designing the bridge, to make sure it can cope with the volume of water we’ve experienced recently.”

She added that while Ellon and the surrounding area hadn’t experienced damage to the same extent as Rosehearty and Stonehaven, a lot would need to be done to fix the damage locally.

“I know of two homes locally which were flooded, and a number of garages - there’s a problem with run off in Meiklemill for Barratt Drive residents that needs to be addressed.”

In spring 2012 Cllr Davidson said she would be seeking an investigation into flooding problems at Foveran village to be included in the work programme and is now seeking an update on that work. She added that she would also be ensuring that Collieston Hrbour, which suffered extensive damage during the extreme weather, would be included in a package submitted to the Scottish Government seeking assistance for repairing storm damage to non-Council owned harbours.

A number of roads in Ellon and District have also been damaged by heavy rain and flooding and Cllr Davidson has reported these to Officers for repairs.