WORK is set to begin to tackle the "constant problem" of flooding in Rosyth.

Fife Council have allocated £245,000 over two years to try to provide a solution in the Park Road area, which is left under water frequently after spells of heavy rain.

It's one of five schemes in the Kingdom they'll progress this year with the help of £5 million from the capital plan – £500,000 a year for 10 years.

Ken Gourlay, head of assets, transportation and environment, told councillors: "We've been aware of the flooding issues around Park Road for a long period of time.

"It's one of the areas that's been a constant problem for us and it is a priority area.

"It's not an easy one to fix in terms of the various factors that apply there with the lie of the land and watercourses etc, but the money you see allocated is to try and get a better understanding of that and see what we can do to make a difference."

Since the storms and severe flooding of August 2020, the council has been notified of 516 'flood records' – with more coming in – and almost half, 256, are still to be investigated.

There are 137 'in hand', another 120 under investigation and three where there is 'no Fife Council solution'.

There are 15 records alone that relate to the Park Road area in Rosyth with £120,000 allocated in 2021-22 and £125,000 for 2022-23.

The five schemes for this year also includes £50,000 to deal with issues at Lade Braes in Dalgety Bay, and projects in Freuchie, Dysart and east of Cupar.

On the list of schemes for next year is £40,000 to tackle flooding in High Valleyfield, as well as money for solutions in Kinglassie and Cowdenbeath.

At the environment and protective services sub-committee, Mr Gourlay said a mixture of on-site work, investigations and design work was under way.

He explained: "The five schemes in there we're hoping to make good progress, potentially on site, this financial year.

"The remaining schemes on the list for immediate activity will then be carried forward, likely into the next financial year."

More schemes will be added to the work programme each year.

Cllr Dave Dempsey said: "There are a lot of road gullies that are not as well-maintained as they might be and I recall the maintenance was cut back.

"It raises the concern that we may be spending money on complicated solutions when a little money on simpler ones might help."

Mr Gourlay responded: "There are all sorts of factors that we're finding. The reduction in the schedule of cleaning the gullies will have impacted over time.

"We used to clean them out a lot more frequently than we do at present and we're looking at getting a more detailed schedule for high-risk areas for cleaning activity in those spaces, but it's a whole combination of factors.

"Scottish Water capacity in pipes, our drainage connections, run-off from buildings, it's almost like each individual site has its own unique investigations we need to do."

His report to the committee said there was a need to "expand the team" to tackle the long list of investigation sites.

Mr Gourlay also added that, with investigations under way and the development of a work plan, "it is hoped that works can be seen on the ground that will improve confidence in flood risk management moving forward".