First Aberdeen householders awarded flooding grants

Councillor Marie Boulton
Councillor Marie Boulton

The first grants have been awarded by Aberdeen City Council to householders in the city who were affected by the recent flooding.

The funding, which is available to all local authorities in Scotland to administer, provides a £1,500 grant to residents who meet the criteria.

Aberdeen City Council deputy leader, Councillor Marie Boulton, said: “We are really pleased householders are getting their grants approved less than a month after the storm which devastated homes, businesses and land all over the country.

“We have moved quickly on this as we know how terrible the impact is on people to have their houses affected by flooding, the same as how our staff in roads, housing and emergency planning departments reacted at the time.

“On that note, we’d like to thank our staff for their hard work during that time in what were challenging circumstances, and also for work which has been carried out and will continue on flood prevention schemes around the city.

“Hundreds of homes were saved when Westburn Park, Glashieburn, Stronsay and Jack’s Brae areas flooded as they have been designed to do, to act as containment pools for extra water from burns and sewers.

“We’re working hard on other flood prevention schemes and one in the Peterculter area is next on our list.”

Flood prevention schemes already in place include:

  • Westburn Park Detention Pond – protects Fraser Place etc
  • Glashieburn Scheme – protects Lochside Drive
  • Stronsay Detention Pond – protects Fountainhall, Queens Cross and Mackie Place
  • Jacks’s Brae – prevents Jack’s Brae and Denburn Car Park from flooding.
  • The flood prevention scheme priorities for Aberdeen City Council include:

    • Peterculter – Millside and Paddock – flood walls etc
    • Merchant Quarter – Collaborative project with Scottish Water to prevent city centre sewer flooding
    • Flood-Guard Scheme – council grant to residential and business properties to purchase flood guards.
    • Inchgarth – a flood wall to protect road and properties
    • Deeview Court – flood Gates to prevent river flooding to residential home.
    • Riverside Drive – measures in place for the area near Bon Accord Glass
    • River Don early warning system – to alert Grandholm Village etc.
    • The total cost of implementing these city-wide schemes will run to tens of millions of pounds with implementation phased over a number of years.

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