Burn restoration at Woodside
Work has started on the restoration of Smithton Burn at Woodside Village, Inverness.
Following design and tendering for works to restore the section of Smithton Burn at Woodside Village, The Highland Council is pleased to announce that Pat Munro (Alness) Ltd was awarded the contract.
The works, which began on Monday 18 March will take approximately 5 weeks to complete and will create a series of step-pools using natural rock forming a series of weirs.
Along with landscaping to the banks of the burn, the works will restore this section of the Smithton Burn which suffered much erosion during the flooding of September 2011, reducing the risk of future erosion of the watercourse during heavy rainfall.
City of Inverness Area Leader, Councillor Ian Brown welcomed the start of the works, he said: “The burn restoration works at Woodside form the latest in maintenance and small scale improvement works undertaken by the council in the Smithton and Culloden area.
“We gave commitments to ensure that flood alleviation schemes are put in place accordingly for the area and these current site works are one of the key factors in making the community safer from potential flooding.”
Detailed design of the Flood Alleviation Scheme for Smithton and Culloden is on-going with construction on the first elements of the scheme to begin later in 2013 as detailed at the Public Meeting held in October 2012.
Further information about the Inverness East flooding and updates is available on the Council’s website.