Bid to solve flooding issues at underpass

determined: Cllr Tait hopes the problem will be resolved by laying down a pre-fabricated gangway.

determined: Cllr Tait hopes the problem will be resolved by laying down a pre-fabricated gangway.

0
Have your say

Councillor Ian Tait is “determined” to solve the problem of flooding at the underpass at Kessock Road.

The councillor highlighted the ongoing issue to Aberdeenshire Council to try and find a way to resolve it.

He said: “There has been a long-standing problem of flooding at the underpass beside Kessock Road at the prom when there is high tide and heavy rain.

“Pedestrians have to take a long detour or else climb a very steep hill and then cross a very dangerous road.

“The very reason the underpass is there is to make it possible for people to get to the prom without crossing that dangerous road.

“I was determined to solve this problem once and for all and so I met with council officers at the site. Taking local conditions and the history into account, we looked at the option of putting in a second drain but decided this would not really solve the problem.

“We agreed that the best solution was to lay down a pre-fabricated gangway with handrail starting from halfway along the underpass and finishing at a point at the seaward side of the underpass long enough to meet disability requirements.

“There will be ramps at both ends for elderly, disabled pedestrians and buggies. This means when flooding occurs, the gangway will stand well above the water.

“The officers are now progressing this solution and it is hoped to have it in place soon after the beginning of April in time for the coming 2012 winter. This will take care of the problem once and for all.”