Work begins on next phase of Smithton & Culloden Flood Alleviation Scheme
Following design, by JBA Consulting, and tendering for works, The Highland Council is pleased to announce that Pat Munro (Alness) Ltd was awarded the contract.
The works, which began on Monday (19 January), will take approximately 8 weeks to complete and will include measures on the Smithton Burn.
The current phase of works is focusing on the remediation of sections of watercourse where there is a history of erosion leading to blockage of downstream culverts.
There is also the installation of a coarse debris screen on the Smithton Burn, at Woodlands Park. The coarse debris screen will aid in preventing woody debris and large stones from being washed down stream to culverts which have been blocked in the past.
In addition a new security/debris screen is to be installed at Murray Road to reduce the likelihood of blockage within the culvert beneath Smithton Park.
Chair of the Council’s Planning, Development and Infrastructure Committee, Councillor Thomas Prag said: “The Council gave a commitment to do all we could to reduce flood risk in the area and the current site works are key to making the community that bit safer from potential flooding.”
Detailed design of Phase 4 of the Flood Alleviation Scheme for Smithton and Culloden is on-going. There will be a Public Exhibition on Tuesday 10th March at Smithton Free Church, Murray Road. More details about this meeting will be published nearer the time.