Richard Lochhead

Moray SNP News



SNP Councillor for Keith & Cullen, Gary Coull, has said that the late intervention by Scottish Water who have made a representation at the last minute with regards phase 2 of the Newmill Flood Protection Scheme is “not good enough” and that the people of Newmill “deserve to be treated much better”.

The Flood Protection Order (FPO) for the Newmill scheme was agreed at a meeting of The Moray Council today (Wednesday) however councillors were informed that Scottish Water have advised the Council of potential water main diversions.  This could increase the cost of the scheme by up to £84,000 and delay construction.

Scottish Water were written to by Council officers with regards in the scheme in August 2014 however did not respond until the advertising of the FPO which ran from 8 May – 5 June 2015.  

Commenting Councillor Gary Coull said:

“I am delighted that Moray Council has agreed to go ahead and that the Flood Prevention Order received no objections and can now be progressed.

“However, it beggars belief that Scottish Water has come to the Council at this very, very late stage with changes when they were approached back in August.  It is simply not good enough for them to operate in this manner.

“The Newmill community and Council officers have put a lot of work in to developing the second phase of this scheme and it really is not good enough that this work is being delayed because of Scottish Water’s inability to respond earlier.

“I hope that any issues can be ironed out quickly from this point on but really the people of Newmill who will benefit from this scheme deserve to be treated much better by Scottish Water.”