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19 July 2016

MSP Welcomes Flood Protection Funding

Banffshire & Buchan Coast SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson has today welcome the announcement of a new ten year strategy to protect Scotland’s most flood prone communities – including funding of £7 million for projects in Aberdeenshire.

The plan – announced by the First Minister earlier this week – will support local flood risk management plans, fund more than 130 flood protection studies and deliver 40 new flood protection projects across Scotland – protecting more than 10,000 homes.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson MSP said,

“Earlier this year, we saw the devastating effects flooding can have on local communities – and this new strategy will help protect households across Aberdeenshire from the impact of future adverse weather.

“Investment in flood protection schemes and associated infrastructure is critical to protecting vulnerable householders, businesses and communities – and I am delighted to see the SNP government working in partnership with local government on this important issue.

“As former Minister for Environment and Climate change, I am keenly aware of unpredictable and destructive nature of climate change events like flooding. Pre-emptive action is our best opportunity to meet the significant challenges posed by climate change.

“The plan set out by the First Minister this week will give Aberdeenshire Council the certainty they need to deliver the actions set out in their Local Flood Risk Assessment Plans to help protect individuals, business and communities from the danger of flooding.”
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