Shutters Down on Flood Works – updated

By bellmannews / March 27, 2020
Iron sheet piling on the river reflected in calm waters

From Aberdeenshire Council communications team –

WORK on the Stonehaven Flood Protection Scheme is due to pause in order to follow UK and Scottish Government guidelines regarding the Coronavirus (Covid-19).

A review took place today (Friday March 27) to ensure the site is secure and all necessary flood protection measures are in place as outlined in the Project Flood Action Plan.

A McLaughlin and Harvey spokesperson said: “We have been communicating regarding the evolving situation we find ourselves in relating to COVID-19. 

”The world we live and work in is a very changed place from even a few weeks ago. At the forefront of all our minds is the health and wellbeing of our families and colleagues and we have tried to ensure working practices protected employees whilst our site remained open. 

”We have now agreed to a ‘pause’ in the works to align with the rest of society and close down for a period to lessen the impact of this virus.

“There will be a small project team who will remain to carry out security checks and respond to any adverse weather so don’t be alarmed if you see workers onsite. I would ask the public to allow them to carry out their duties and to keep a distance as recommended by national guidance.”

Aberdeenshire Council’s Principal Engineer Rachel Kennedy added: “Whilst we would like to see the scheme progress, we fully accept that the safety of residents in Stonehaven as well as those working to protect the local community must come first.”

If there is an emergency, please call the Community Liaison Number 07867193124 and if you have any questions please email

Additional note from the Contractor

All unnecessary plant and equipment is being removed and general housekeeping prior to the closure tomorrow .  In particular, Carron Terrace to enable access for the emergencies services if required. For health and safety reasons it is not possible to reposition  the site boundary fences enabling the road to be reopened, however access can be arranged for deliveries etc. with prior notice.

Sheila Tolmie - March 30, 2020

Thanks for sharing this

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