Published: 22/06/2014 07:13 - Updated: 20/06/2014 16:41

Flood plans on show at Newmill

Moray Council convener Stewart Cree
Moray Council convener Stewart Cree

NEWMILL residents will have the opportunity to view designs for proposed flood work in the village.

A public exhibition on the second phase of the scheme will be held in Newmill Hall from 3-7.30pm on Tuesday, July 1.

Members of Moray Council’s project team will be on hand to give advice throughout the event.

It is the second in a series of information days to be held in connection with the project.

Since the last exhibition the council has committed £1.3 million to delivering the scheme.

Flooding has caused distress and disruption in the village over the past 50 years, most recently in September and November 2009 when 18 properties were flooded.

The scheme is designed to provide a current day standard of defence against a one in 200 years flooding event.

Councillor for Keith and Cullen and convener of the council Stewart Cree said: "Newmill has suffered for far too long with periodic flooding and attempts to remedy this with minor measures have been largely in effective.

"We now have a significant investment being made that will complement the earlier work on the east side of the village and, when completed, will hopefully offer protection and reassurance to the whole village."

Fellow ward councillor Gary Coull urged the public to take advantage of the information day to have an informal chat with the flood team, give their views and have their queries answered.

He said: "This exhibition day is extremely important for the community of Newmill to let the flood team know their thoughts on the second phase of the flood scheme.

"The community have been very helpful getting the first phase completed and their contributions will be valuable again for phase two.

"People may also have questions and this is also a great chance for them to be answered or addressed.

"It is massively important for the good of the people living in Newmill that we crack on with this scheme and I have no doubt this event will help immensely in moving things forward as quickly as possible."

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