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Rosyth snub as money goes to St Andrews

Published: 18 Nov 2011 08:306 comments

ROSYTH has been snubbed in favour of St Andrews for new flood prevention measures.

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Now the town's community council has scheduled a public meeting after calls from affected residents demanding action on the recurring problem.

In a report to last month's meeting of the community council, chair Mike Shirkie said the funding issue was revealed to him in a phone call with locality manager Lynn Hoey.

He told the Press, "She said that with regard to flooding, financial priority was being given to St Andrews, but that she was working through a number of remediation solutions with BEAR, Sepa and other professional officers to minimise flooding.

"I told her that I was very concerned that our problems were not being given sufficient weight and another wet winter would see a repeat of the serious flooding we have had on three occasions this year to date."

At the meeting, one woman said sandbags had been in place at Bevan Place for the last nine months.

Park Road, Bevan Place and Hudson Road have been under water on a number of occasions this year following heavy rain.

The floods in Bevan Place and Hudson Road are caused by water running off the field at Castlandhill, while Brankholm Burn is blamed for Park Road's problems.

One Park Road resident, William Potter, has seen floodwater surround his house three times, since moving into his home in Park Road last May.

He said, "My wife Diane was at the (community council) meeting and people were far from happy. I realise it must cost a lot of money but they've had years to get it fixed,

"It's unbelievable. The street flooded a few weeks ago after a day of heavy rain."

Lynn Hoey told the Press that she was informed by Mike Thorpe of Fife Council's transportation services department that money was being allocated to St Andrews.

Mr Thorpe said, "The Rosyth flooding situation is quite complex. We have been approached by Rosyth Community Council to attend a public meeting at Rosyth Parish Church on Thursday 1st December at 7.30pm and transportation services is considering the request."

A £150,000 flood mitigation programme, to help prevent Kinness Burn in St Andrews bursting its banks, began recently and is expected to take up to six weeks.

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