Rumbles calls for action on flooding

Chair of Kemnay Community Council, Hazel Smith, with Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for the North East Region, Mike Rumbles in Kemnay
Chair of Kemnay Community Council, Hazel Smith, with Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for the North East Region, Mike Rumbles in Kemnay

The chair of Kemnay Community Council and MSP Mike Rumbles have called for Aberdeenshire Council to conduct a Flood Risk Assessment in Kemnay.

Both Hazel Smith and Mr Rumbles have written to the council and requested that an essential risk assessment be carried out so that work may be undertaken to prevent the re-occurrence of flooding that affected Kemnay in January this year.

Mr Rumbles said: “I welcome the work recently undertaken by the council in Port Elphinstone and Inverurie to repair damaged flooding infrastructure, however it is essential that they address the legitimate concerns of other flood effected communities, such as here in Kemnay.

“The Kembhill Park area does not fall under the North east Local Flood Risk Management Plan and as such residents have legitimate concerns regarding the safety of their homes, particularly after flood warnings were issued for the area as recently as June.”

Ms Smith added: “The flooding in January left a number of local homes very badly damaged, some of which are still being renovated and repaired. Without action, the homes here will remain at risk of further damage.

“A Flooding Risk Assessment is the first step towards resolving the flood defence issues in this area and will help to ease the minds of rightly nervous residents.”

Mr Rumbles and Ms Smith are currently awaiting a response from Aberdeenshire Council.