Flood scheme under threat

A FLOOD prevention scheme in Arbroath is unaffordable unless Angus Council can find external funding to help pay for the project.

The local authority is facing a deficit of at least £11.5 million and although they are confident they can meet his deficit, some projects may have to be scrapped.

At the moment the council say they could contribute £2.45 million towards the Arbroath Flood Project but another £4.5 million, such as Scottish Government cash, would be needed to complete the scheme.

And a bid for extra grants to get the project off the ground are yet to be made.

A similar scheme in Brechin has also been described as unaffordable unless external funding can be found.

Some projects in the town have already been included on financial plans which run from 2011 to 2015, although many are low priority.

These include land acquisition and servicing at Peasiehill Business Park, upgrades to local museums and improvements at Seaton Grove Care Home.

However, high priority plans that have been labelled “unavoidable projects” include the Arbroath School’s Project.

The cost of this project is £10.5 million.