Stonehaven flood protection scheme could be delayed until 2023

One section of a multi-million-pound flood protection scheme at Stonehaven is likely to face a significant delay - potentially to late 2022 or early 2023 - as a result of revisions to the design and construction phases in one area of the scheme known as Zone 1B from White Bridge to Bridgefield Bridge.

Aberdeenshire Council said the exact programme implications are still being identified and work is being undertaken to minimise any delay as much as possible.

However, the vast majority of the project, apart from this zone, will be completed by next summer.

Residents have been assured that the revisions will not affect the visual appearance of the scheme.

During a full meeting of the council last week, elected members were given a report on a different construction approach and the implications for the wider scheme.

Councillors heard at length from the council’s head of roads, landscape and waste services, Philip McKay, on the complex nature of the issue. They also took into consideration comments made by the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee following discussions earlier this week.

Provost of Aberdeenshire, Councillor Bill Howatson, said after Thursday’s full council meeting: “It is, of course, extremely disappointing and regretful that one area of the Stonehaven Flood Protection Scheme is facing significant delay owing to an issue surrounding the implementation of one vital element.

“Those residents affected by this delay have our utmost sympathy and, moving forward, our main priority will be to continue engaging with both them and the wider community. The council remains committed to the completion of this vitally important project.”

Further discussions will be held with the community once the full design and programme implications are finalised to ensure that there is appropriate phasing of works to minimise the impact on residents.

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