ROSYTH'S long-standing flooding problems are "well known" and are not being ignored, a Fife Council chief has assured residents.

The Park Road area of the town is left under water frequently during periods of heavy rain but, although there's more than £5 million to reduce the risk across the Kingdom, it's not included in a list of mitigation schemes for this year or next.

Rosyth councillor Sharon Green-Wilson criticised the criteria and scoring system for choosing schemes, pointing out that Park Road Primary School and elderly residents had been affected by flooding for years, and added: "I can't remember a time when it wasn't flooded."

The environment and protective services sub-committee was told last week there was £450,000 to spend this year on low-cost repairs and investigations and £500,000 a year for 10 years for larger and more complex projects.

Lead consultant Dr Rick Haynes said: "While we could agree that the school is in a flood-risk area, what we can't say is that there aren't similar situations somewhere else because we don't have the information consistency across Fife.

"So we would be doing a disadvantage to other areas by not having a consistent approach."

Cllr Green-Wilson said: "I don't accept that and I don't think any of my constituents will accept that either.

"We know where all the schools are and we know who's vulnerable and who isn't.

"I think we would all agree that children and elderly people fall into that category."

Ken Gourlay, head of assets, transportation and environment, said: "We're well aware of the issues in Rosyth.

"The fact it's not on the list is because there's a whole series of investigations still to be done.

"It's not to say Rosyth is being omitted. In terms of timing, we have £500,000 a year for the next 10 years and we're looking to pick up schemes as we go."

The council now has a record of 451 flood events across the Kingdom, the majority from the storms last August, but 328 are still to be investigated.

There have been 61 mitigations implemented, 57 are under investigation and five have been investigated and no mitigation is feasible.

Seven approved schemes – including in Cairneyhill, Culross and Lade Braes in Dalgety Bay – are to be implemented in 2021-22, Culross will also get additional flood pods and a High Valleyfield project is one of three set to go ahead in 2022-23.

Mr Gourlay said more schemes would be added as work progresses.

Cllr Judy Hamilton asked if frequency of flooding, community vulnerability and deprivation were taken into account.

She said: "Some of the poorer communities that have been flooded frequently, it's not one in 1,000 years for them, it's once every few years, but they are still to be investigated.

"Looking at the list of what's coming up in 2021-22, it looks as though they're quite a way down the line."

Mr Gourlay said: "We're trying to get through them. Some are well-known and may be relatively simple, some are more complex in terms of a solution.

"The points you make are valid and we do want to take that into account as we consider how to allocate funding for these bigger projects.

"The schemes in the paper are the ones we're planning to take forward relatively quickly, some are older schemes that have been designed and just needed funding.

"Others need to be actioned quickly.

"It's fair to say the team are battling through a large list and trying to get to them as soon as they can."