Group to tackle Ferryden flooding

A DEDICATED group will be formed as one of a number of measures to help tackle severe flooding problems in and around Ferryden.

At the village’s recent community council meeting, Walter Scott, design manager with Angus Council’s roads division, encouraged members to form the group which he said would bring together local and council expertise along with valuable local knowledge.

It follows a site meeting held in Ferryden last month when community councillors pointed out the village’s problem flooding areas and discussed possible causes.

Mr Scott said a similar group has been formed in Edzell and that the same arrangements have been effective elsewhere.

After explaining the powers and responsibilities of Angus Council and other agencies including the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Scottish Water in dealing with flooding, Mr Scott said communities also have a part to play in helping to protect themselves.

During spells of heavy rain Burnside Place and Ogilvie Terrace have become blocked and while one of the causes appears to be water pouring off fields behind the village and down Craig Terrace, it can be aggravated at times of high tide.

Mr Scott said: “We’ve committed to undertake a flood risk assessment and we’ve started discussions with landowners at a local level, which is linked to maintaining roads drainage. As far as the community council is concerned, I would encourage you to establish a flood group which would open communication channels between council officer, community councillors and Angus councillors.”

The group would be responsible for forming contingency plans which could be put in to action during flooding incidents such as alternative routes to and from the village and organising help for the more vulnerable members of the community.

Members gave the suggestion broad support and chairman Gordon Brown said: “There are some things that we can do to protect ourselves until measures are in place and we recently put forward an idea for a one-way system in and out of the village that could be put in place quickly, which the police were quite impressed with.

“If people need out of the village in a hurry we could perhaps speak to people with four wheel drive vehicles who might be willing to be on standby to help out.”

Mr Scott added that drawing on the wider community would be helpful as it could involve people with particular skills which would be useful to tackling the problem.

He said: “There can be hidden gems in a community and getting different skills together could be a real benefit. We will provide professional advice and recommendations but in terms of prioritising, that is very much in the public and political domain.”