Oban flood management study begins

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People in Oban are being asked for their views and experiences of flooding in an open consultation next week.

Argyll and Bute Council is in the process of investigating flood risk in the area with the aim of finding sustainable solutions, and values input from residents.

The need for a flood study has been identified in the council’s Local Flood Risk Management Plan, and will consider river, rainfall and coastal flooding in Oban, and in particular those areas known to be sensitive to flood risk.

It will include consideration of the effects from current climate change predictions.

Councillor Roddy McCuish said: ‘This is an opportunity for local people to have their say on what they believe the issues are and to tell us about their experiences with flooding.

‘The views of our residents will really help to shape future flood prevention plans, so their feedback is really important.

‘We are committed to helping our communities and to ensuring that we explore practical, cost-effective solutions.’

Once complete the study will be considered by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency in a national context whereby potential flood risk management schemes in Scotland are prioritised for the next round of government funding, which is due to cover the period between 2022 and 2028.

The event will take place in the Rockfield Centre, Oban, on Wednesday June 27 from 1pm until 8pm.