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21/07/2016

Scottish Government commits £420m to flooding strategy

Words: Roger Milne
East Kilbride

More than 10,000 households are to benefit from a 10-year strategy to protect homes at risk of flooding, at a cost of £420 million.

The initiative follows an agreement reached between the government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.

The funding will be used to deliver 40 new flood protection projects and support local flood risk management plans.

More than 130 flood protection studies will be carried out to help find potential solutions for another 26,000 residential properties currently at risk.

The announcement came as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon returned to Newton Stewart following the aftermath of flooding at Hogmanay.

She said: “Earlier this year I saw first-hand the devastating effects of Mother Nature as storms battered our communities.

“This agreement will give local authorities the certainty they need to deliver the actions set out in their flood risk management plans to help protect individuals, business and communities from the danger of flooding.”

Craig McLaren, director of RTPI Scotland, said: “We welcome the funding announced by the Scottish Government. We are particularly pleased that they are taking a 10-year approach towards planning for, and investing in, flood defences and mitigation. A long-term outlook is essential if we are to deal with these issues effectively.”

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