PKC have provided an update on the flood prevention work which is being carried out in teh village.
PKC have a new Project Manager for the scheme – Martine Blake
- The Council’s consulting engineers, Sweco, continue to progress the detailed design of the scheme, which is on programme to be concluded in late Summer 2022.
- We have almost concluded the procurement of the advance works for the scheme, which will be carried out throughout Summer and Autumn 2022. Balfour Beatty, and their sub-contractors, will be carrying out the works. The Advance works consist of:
o Tree clearance and erosion protection works at Field of Refuge
o Trial pits/trenches to confirm public utility locations and utility diversion works (including at the Boulevard and Strowan Road)
o Test sheet piling at various locations
o Other investigations including archaeology
o Legion Park improvements to facilitate the relocation of the Comrie Fortnight from the boulevard during the main construction phase of the scheme (in 2023/24).
The works are due to commence in mid-July and be complete by the end of October. A site presence will start to be established from the start of July.
- A temporary site compound is required for the duration of the works (July to October) and this will be located at the Field of Refuge car park. We appreciate that this will result in the loss of a well-used parking facility for the duration of the works. Alternative options were considered but the Field of Refuge was the most suitable location given its proximity to the main advance work areas, and that it will limit the amount of construction traffic that passes through the centre of the village.
- Public utility diversions will also commence and are anticipated to progress up until the end of 2022.
- Garden landscape surveys have been carried out at a number of properties that will be impacted by the main construction works next year. The surveys are being drawn up and will be shared with each property owner for agreement. These will form the basis of any reinstatement required following construction of the scheme.
- Officers have been out in the community to meet with residents and landowners to discuss the forthcoming works. Community drop-in sessions will also be held on 23 and 28 June in the White Church in Comrie (2-8pm). This will be an opportunity for residents to speak to the project team and ask any questions they may have about the scheme. We will issue letters to the community shortly to advertise this; information will also be made available on the Council’s website and social media pages.
If there are any queries regarding the Comrie Flood Protection Scheme, please do not hesitate to get in touch with PKC directly at Comriefloodscheme@pkc.gov.uk.
The scheme webpage can be found at www.pkc.gov.uk/comriefloodscheme.