Peacock again calls for action on Moray Flood Prevention

16 July 2007

Highlands and Islands Regional Labour MSP Peter Peacock has again called on the Scottish Executive to take action to speedily progress flood prevention measures in Moray.

Mr Peacock, who sits on the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee of the Scottish Parliament, said, "I raised the issue of flooding at the committee last month and am hopeful that the issue is one which will be scrutinised.

"Significant climate change is occurring and we have witnessed more frequent and severe flooding occurring in recent years, with Moray being one of the worst affected areas.

"Flooding results in distress and personal cost for householders and disrupts business and the local economy.

"In addition to climate change reduction measures the executive needs to take a comprehensive look at all the relevant issues affecting flooding - including river system management, tree planting schemes and roadside gully maintenance.

"Moray Council has made good progress with flood prevention initiatives and the plans for the massive Elgin scheme are now complete and awaiting executive funding.

"Elsewhere, only recently, there was again flooding in Rothes emphasising the need to move quickly with the local scheme now going through the consultation process.

"The Elgin flood prevention scheme is the first such scheme from Moray to be considered by the new SNP Executive.

"The scheme has been well researched and planned and it is essential it is progressed by the Executive as a matter of urgency.

"Yet again, we have had a disappointing and wet summer emphasising the need for prompt action before another prolonged downpour leads to fresh flooding.

"The SNP MSP for Moray, Richard Lochhhead, is also the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment and I would call on him to ensure that the Elgin project and the others from Moray, which will follow, receive both the full funding required and prompt approval.

"The Cabinet Secretary has also said that he would consider separate flooding legislation as part of plans to tackle climate change."

Mr Peacock added, "There is no doubt that climate change and its associated flooding will continue to provide a major challenge to the Executive and how it deals with the Elgin scheme will provide an early indication of its commitment to addressing this serious issue. "


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