Kemnay residents present flood petition to council

Aberdeenshire Council's Woodhill House headquarters.
Aberdeenshire Council's Woodhill House headquarters.

A petition from Kemnay residents affected by Storm Frank has been presented to Aberdeenshire Council.

The petition was brought to Aberdeenshire Council’s Woodhill House headquarters in Aberdeen on Thursday, June 30 by a group of Kembhill Park residents directly affected by the flooding earlier this year.

It calls for work to be undertaken to fill a gap in an existing flood defence that surrounds the housing estate.

The petition was presented by Ken Ledingham, chairman of the Kembhill Park Flood Prevention and Resilience Group, and contained the signatures of around 200 residents.

It was received by Co-Leader Cllr Martin Kitts-Hayes, accompanied by West Garioch Cllrs Allison Grant, Sheena Lonchay and Patricia Oddie.

Mr Ledingham told the councillors of the challenges residents have been experiencing as they continue to recover from the floods.

Cllr Kitts-Hayes said: “There have been meetings with local residents and the Garioch Flood Recovery Plan includes a section highlighting community concerns. Discussions are ongoing with partner agencies, particularly SEPA, about how best to address these.

“Aberdeenshire Council and its partners will continue to engage with all our communities, including Kemnay. This may include the potential for temporary barriers that could be deployed by residents, and we will continue discussions to increase awareness and local resilience.”