What is the purpose of this website?
This website has been set up to host the information collated as part of the Stonehaven Bay Coastal Flood Study, provide information on scheme developments and to allow you the opportunity to comment on our efforts through the Contact Us page. It is our intention to keep this website updated as often as possible and to upload all critical project updates so that you may keep track of progress.
What did we do in the past?
Aberdeenshire Council undertook a number of flood studies from 2005 to 2007 to assess the flood risk to several Aberdeenshire communities. On completion of these the Council agreed a prioritised programme for delivery of flood schemes in Aberdeenshire. Delivery of this programme has been on-going since this time, with contractors appointed in late 2018 for the Stonehaven fluvial Flood Prevention Scheme and the Huntly Protection Scheme completed in July 2017.
How is flood risk managed now?
The inception of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 changed the way in which flood risk is managed. The Act aims to prioritise national spending on flood mitigation using technical analysis to assess flood risk across Scotland. This approach led to the development of SEPA’s Flood Risk Management Strategies for 14 Local Plan Districts across Scotland, followed by the publication of Local Flood Risk Management Plans by Local Authorities. These provide additional detail on the funding and delivery options for actions within the current cycle of 2016 to 2021.
As part of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009, SEPA's Flood Risk Management Strategy (FRMS) and the local authorities’ Local Flood Risk Management Plan (LFRMP) identified a number of Potentially Vulnerable Areas (PVA) across Aberdeenshire. Within these PVA's a number of recommendations were made to undertake site specific detailed flood protection studies (amongst other flood risk management activities) to better inform the current flood risk to these communities and to investigate options for mitigation.
How will flood schemes be prioritised in the future?
The current and next stage is to prioritise nationally where funding should be allocated for flood protection schemes and to prioritise which areas of Scotland need further analysis through flood studies to inform the future management of flood risk. Formal delivery of these schemes and studies along with other flood risk management actions is detailed in the North East Local Flood Risk Management Plan.
What does the Stonehaven Bay coastal flood study entail?
Based on SEPA's Flood Risk Management Strategy and the North East Local Flood Risk Management Strategy Stonehaven was selected for further assessment. Aberdeenshire Council have been working collaboratively with Dougall Baillie Associates and JBA Consulting to assess coastal flood risk and to develop options to manage this.