Views sought on Angus Council’s plans to protect Arbroath from flooding

Brothock Burn in 2009.
Brothock Burn in 2009.

Angus Council has plans to protect Arbroath and the surrounding area from flooding in the future and wants to hear the public’s views on the proposals.

The local authority is developing the Arbroath (Brothock Water) Flood Protection scheme, which will provide a 1-in-200-year standard of protection and be promoted under the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009.

An Angus Council spokesperson said: “Arbroath and the Brothock Water area have historically suffered from flooding.

“This scheme will enhance the existing flood prevention scheme that was constructed in 1987.

“In the time since, the Arbroath area has been vulnerable to further flooding events.

“As a result, work has been carried out to identify potential flood risks in the area from both river and sea.

“This has led to the Arbroath Flood Strategy being commissioned to identify actions to reduce flood risk in the town and the development of a flood protection scheme.

“We are holding a series of local events to give you the chance to come and see our plans and speak with our officers about the flood protection scheme.

“Come along and see our proposals and tell us what you think.”

The main elements of the proposed works are:

• The construction of three flood storage areas at Brothock Meadows, St Vigeans and Hercules Den, using embankments and flow controls to retain flood water above the natural ground level.

• Enhanced defences, including a combination of new flood walls where there are no flood defences, or where existing defences are in poor condition, the local raising of existing walls and some minor remedial works to existing walls.

Angus Council officials will be at Voluntary Action Angus, 32-34 Guthrie Port, Arbroath, DD11 1RN on Monday, May 30 from 3 to 7pm; Tuesday, May 31 from 3 to 7pm; Wednesday, June 1 from 3 to 7pm.

For further information you can go to the dedicated Arbroath (Brothock Water) Flood Prevention Scheme web page.