Still time to comment on flood prevention proposals
There was a good turn out to the recent public exhibition outlining the Phase 4 proposals for flood protection measures in Smithton and Culloden and the Council is reminding members of the public that there is still time for them to pass on their comments.
During the drop-in event, which was held on 10 March in Smithton Free Church, The Highland Council and the scheme designer, JBA, presented works that have been undertaken in phase 1 to 3, to tackle issues and proposals for phase 4 were presented. These include the potential removal of a culvert between Lochlann Court and Redburn Avenue, the creation of flood storage areas in Culloden Park and Smithton Park, the removal of the long culvert beneath Smithton Park and the removal of a long culvert between the railway and Smithton Park. People coming along had the chance to look over these proposals highlighted in a fly through animation, drawings and maps, speak to staff and give their feedback to the options presented.
Councillor Thomas Prag, Chair of the Planning, Development and Infrastructure committee said: “The drop-in exhibition was a good chance for people to get involved in the design process and put forward their suggestions on the designs. These have been drawn up by JBA Consulting for works which were identified following the public meeting held in the community in October 2012. I would like to thank everyone who came along and remind people who did not manage to that there is still time to take part.”
Maps and plans that were on display are now able to be viewed by visiting http://www.highland.gov.uk/info/1210/environment/80/flood_alleviation_schemes/3 and there is an on-line feedback form to make it easy to pass on comments. The consultation runs until 31 March 2015 so people can take part by visiting the Council’s website or by contacting the Flood Team on 01349 868800.