Council provides more cashflow for flood defence

The new prevention plans will look to put an end to flooding scenes like this in the Linlthgow area
The new prevention plans will look to put an end to flooding scenes like this in the Linlthgow area

The future of flood defences in the area has been bolstered by the additional £114,000 West Lothian Council will pour into local projects.

As well as providing further funding, the council, as part of the approach initiated by the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009, has worked hard with its partners to come up with strategies to manage flood risk within the local plan district between 2016 and 2022.

Tom Conn, executive councillor for the environment, said: “While individuals are the first line of defence when it comes to protecting themselves and their properties from flooding, the plan aims to prepare and protect our communities to make a real difference to managing the risk of flooding and recovering from any future flood events.

“West Lothian Council has allocated an additional £114,000 for flood prevention work. This will be used towards actions specified in the Local Flood Risk Management Plan and the adopted Surface Water Management Plan.

“They include flood prevention studies for Whitburn, Linlithgow, Bathgate and Blackridge and a natural flood management study for Bathgate and Linlithgow Bridge.”

The Local Flood Risk Management Plan (LFRMP) for the Forth Estuary is now available to view online at www.edinburgh.gov.uk/flooding.

A hard copy of the plan is available to view at the reception in West Lothian Civic Centre, Howden South Road Livingston, until Friday, September 16.