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GO AHEAD FOR PERTH FLOOD PREVENTION SCHEME

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The go ahead for the Perth Flood Prevention Scheme has been announced. This will be the biggest ever such civil eng...
The go ahead for the Perth Flood Prevention Scheme has been announced. This will be the biggest ever such civil engineering scheme in Scotland, involving the construction of 10 kilometres of

walls and embankments.

Scottish local government minister Malcolm Chisholm said:

'The floods in Perth in 1990 and 1993 caused widespread damage and it has been a difficult job for the council to identify and make a scheme that, in its modified form, has now received the widespread support

of the local community.

'I am delighted to announce that following an extensive consultation exercise by the council and the Scottish Office, the secretary of state has decided to confirm the modified Scheme.

'I am making o18.3m available to the council over and above its normal capital allocations to finance the major part of this scheme. o2.2m of that extra finance is being made available this year to allow an

immediate start on preparation for the work that is required. The remainder will be made available over the four to five years the project is expected to take to complete.

'This will be by far the largest scheme of its type in Scotland and represents a major commitment by the government to help prevent a recurrence of the damage caused to people's homes and businesses during the last major floods.'

NOTES

1.The Perth Flood Prevention Scheme (PFPS) will be the biggest ever such scheme in Scotland. It is a major civil engineering and landscaping project involving the construction of 10 kilometres of walls and embankments.

The scheme was made by the then Tayside RC in November 1995. A number of objections to the Scheme were made to the secretary of state and under the Flood Prevention (Scotland) Act 1961, this required the

council to reconsider their proposals (any objections not withdrawn would have resulted in a public local inquiry).

2.Following extensive negotiation with the objectors, Perth and Kinross Council, having inherited the scheme, made a number of modifications to it. The Scottish Office then wrote to all of the parties (more than 600 individuals, businesses and public bodies) on whom notice had originally been served advising them that the secretary of state was considering confirming the modified scheme.

3.No further representations were received and the secretary of state confirmed the scheme today.

4.The total cost of the scheme is estimated at o21.3m and the challenge fund award is for o18.3m or 86 per cent of the total cost. The balance of the overall scheme cost will require to be met by Perth and Kinross Council. Most of the council's expenditure on the project

will qualify for government grant at the rate of 50 per cent, and this will reduce the costs of the council's borrowing.

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