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PKC has just announed that it will be accelerating its £1 million flood mitigation plan

In August, Perth & Kinross Council commissioned expert engineers to design flood alleviation measures for Comrie. Engineers’ proposals were received on 20 November.

The Council has, within 48 hours of receiving these proposals, committed £1 million of Council funds from reserves for raising Camp Road and building a small wall closer to the river. The Council will also be removing fallen trees from the bed and banks of the Water of Ruchill and removing the gravel bar at the bend in the Water of Ruchill, where the river burst its banks to reduce the pressure on the eroded bank.

This brings forward the original timetable, which planned to make recommendations on flood mitigation measures in December. The engineers’ proposals will be finalised in the light of investigations following further flooding this week.

Councillor Miller said: “Since the event in Comrie in August we have been working in partnership with the local community to find ways to alleviate flooding. Having received the initial proposals this week, we have immediately accelerated the timetable and committed £1 million to the protection of the community of Comrie.

“It is thanks to the Council’s sound financial management over the past few years that we are able to pledge this amount from Council reserves. However, we are also in discussions with the Scottish Government about a possible contribution to the costs, which I would warmly welcome.”

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