Caol and Lochyside flood protection plans go public

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Detailed plans of the multi-million-pound flood protection scheme for Caol and Lochyside are now available to the public.

The Highland Council has published the scheme’s documents and all interested parties have been notified.

There is a 28-day period for objections which is open until Monday May 28.

The scheme documents can be inspected at Caol Library and Caol Community Centre at various times throughout the week. This will take the form of a drop-in session, with council officers available to answer queries about the scheme. The documents can also be viewed online at www.highland.gov.uk

Council officials and the council’s consultant will also hold an information event on Wednesday May 16 in Caol Community Centre between 2pm and 7pm, and will be available for questions and can provide information on the scheme and the objection procedure.

Caol and Lochyside lie to the north of the River Lochy confluence with Loch Linnhe and so these areas have historically been subject to flooding from both tidal and fluvial sources, with the last significant flood event occurring in 2005 from a storm surge in Loch Linnhe combined with relatively high flows in the River Lochy.

In response to this historic flooding, Highland Council commissioned a number of studies to investigate flood risk in this area and to develop an outline flood prevention scheme.

The council hopes to proceed to construction of the scheme in 2019/20 following the completion of the statutory process and detailed design.