Action plan for Rosyth flooding
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Flashback to flooding in Rosyth earlier this year.
THE chair of Rosyth Community Council is calling for "joined-up thinking" to rid the town of its longstanding flooding woes.
Mike Shirkie said Fife Council, Scottish Water and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa) had to work together to solve the problem, which has plagued residents for decades.
More than 70 residents - as well as MSP Helen Eadie, Rosyth councillors Douglas Chapman and Pat Callaghan, representatives from Fife Council and Sepa - attended a public meeting on Thursday to discuss the matter.
Following the meeting, Mr Shirkie said that main actions agreed included:
An urgent review of the frequency of maintenance routines in flood-affected areas. Residents were to call the council with specific problems, which would be added to the maintenance schedule.
Remedial plans to be implemented as a priority and a timetable published; and funding to come from existing budgets.
In the event of planned initiatives failing to alleviate the flooding problems, a comprehensive engineering solution had to be devised and costed.
Mr Shirkie said, "Overall the meeting was constructive with everyone getting the opportunity to air their views.
"We now look forward to remedial actions being implemented and we will continue to monitor progress."
Last week, the Press highlighted that Fife Council had drawn up a 10-point flood plan for Rosyth, which included action points for the flood-prone areas of Rosyth Park and Park Road, Hudson Road and Bevan Place.
Councillor Chapman said, "I am very keen to have all the solutions we have agreed as Fife Council put in place as a first step.
"Some of these solutions have been actioned and I will follow up on the other action points to make sure they are done.
"The issue of flooding in and around the burn has been going on for decades as this part of Rosyth is a flood plain, but with changing weather patterns the problem has become much worse in recent years.
"Sepa have also committed to do a site visit to test water quality of an outflow that comes into the burn in the park.
"The community council have given us a clear steer that if some of the solutions that will be applied don't work, then we go back to Fife Council and seek capital funding to have a larger engineering solution put in place.
"That's something I will be supporting and in all probability, that will need to be part of Fife's annual review of the capital plan next year."
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