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Denburn flood protection scheme approved

21/01/14

A scheme designed to provide flooding protection for properties close to the Denburn has been unanimously approved by councillors.

The scheme will provide protection from fluvial flooding for a one-in-200-year event for properties in the Queen's Cross/Fountainhall, and Mackie Place/Jack's Brae areas.

There were three flooding events in the Queen's Cross/Fountainhall area in 2012. A major factor in those floods was the Denburn overflowing onto Beaconsfield Lane and Fountainhall Road, causing damage to surrounding properties. A wall of sandbags has been erected along the Denburn at Beaconsfield Lane as an interim measure, but work has been ongoing to find a permanent solution.

The water detention pond, which will be created in a flood plain area near Stronsay Drive and King's Gate, is designed to hold back large quantities of water at times of exception rainfall and preventing flooding downstream. An area of the flood plain will be allowed to flood for a short period to greater depth than it does presently. Normal flows of water will be allowed to pass under King's Gate, but higher flows will be restricted. The area will be fenced off.

Councillor Barney Crockett, convener of the Enterprise, Strategic Planning and Infrastructure Committee said: "This flood prevention scheme will bring some very welcome relief to people whose homes and businesses have previously been affected by flooding from the Denburn. By retaining water on an existing flood plain for a short period of time, flooding and damage to properties further down the Denburn can be prevented.

"Our officers continue to work closely with Scottish Water and Aberdeenshire Council on an integrated catchment study which allow them to make predictions about flooding and to assess the future needs of the integrated drainage and sewer network. The study will also help to identify the best locations for flood protection schemes and tackle flooding issues elsewhere in the city."

The Stronsay Drive scheme is similar to the existing flood detention ponds at Westburn Park and on the Glashieburn at Scotstown Road.