Tayside and Central Scotland

Government contributes to £14m village flood defences

River Almond flood defences Image copyright Richard Webb
Image caption Attempts have been made to build flood defences on the River Almond in the past

The Scottish government has contributed £11.6m towards a £14.75m flood defence scheme for a Perthshire village.

Work is to get under way on the flood defences at Almondbank later this year.

The village lies on the River Almond, a tributary of the Tay near Perth, and the East Pow Burn, and has been seriously flooded several times in recent years.

New flood walls and embankments are to be installed, and road and foot bridges replaced and raised.

Almondbank and the nearby hamlet of Lochty have been badly flooded repeatedly, most recently in January 2011, despite previous attempts to shore up the river banks.

Perth and Kinross Council drew up a plan to reduce the risk to the local community and infrastructure, while having a minimal impact on the environment.

'Positive impact'

The Almondbank Flood Protection Scheme comprises flood walls and raised embankments along with erosion prevention measures along the River Almond and the East Pow Burn.

Two road bridges on the burn will be replaced and raised, while a footbridge over the Almond will be moved and raised. A pumping station will be built at the nearby Vector Aerospace plant.

The playing field in the centre of the village will be modified to act as a flood storage area, with work including a replacement of the community sports pavilion.

Construction is set to get under way later this year, with completion of the project expected late in 2016.

Environment and Climate Change Minister Paul Wheelhouse said: "I myself have witnessed the impact of flooding in communities across Scotland, which can be devastating.

"I look forward to seeing the undoubted positive impact of this scheme for local residents and businesses and hope that it has the by-product of helping to foster the confidence of individuals and businesses to invest in the area."

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