Sir, – Having visited this invigorating part of Moray well over 20 years, off and on, I must say much-needed road improvements have taken place. It’s deplorable, though, that Elgin remains the worst bottleneck on the A96, with no sign of a bypass.
Hence my writing, hoping that through your much loved paper the local powers-that-be and Elgin BID will take a serious look at this.
Millions of pounds have been and are being spent on flood prevention activities, including what must be exorbitant consultation fees to consultants and architects, and it is hoped this will alleviate the flooding, although this could be very doubtful because of the lie of the land, inadequate canalisation, and lack of scrupulous maintenance, particularly of the rivers and all contributory ditches and trenches.
Coming from the mouth of a Dutchman, the most essential part of preventing large-scale flooding, in addition to any overflow flood-bed creations, is thorough cleaning and part dredging, in this case the River Lossie and the vicious River Spey, so uncontrolled at its mouth since the Crown Estates’ net salmon fishing stopped. – Yours etc,
En route back to Netherlands after a long stay in ForresFindhorn area