Following the launch of a petition in November, Sir Robert Smith, MP for West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine, and Peter Bellarby, councillor for Stonehaven and Lower Deeside, have welcomed confirmation that consideration will be given to the introduction of a specific coastal flood warning system for Stonehaven, but caution that the pressure needs to be kept up.
In November Sir Robert and Cllr Peter Bellarby launched a petition and wrote to SEPA and the Scottish Government calling for a specific coastal flood warning system for Stonehaven. Responses received from SEPA and the Scottish Government state that consideration will be given to a new warning system this year and if such a system is “feasible” it would be implemented in 2016 at the earliest.
Commenting, Sir Robert said:
“Following the launch of the Stonehaven coastal flood warning petition it is encouraging that SEPA and the Scottish Government will be giving consideration to a new system later this year.
“However, a new warning system will depend on ‘technical and financial’ considerations. It is also the case that families and businesses in Stonehaven will have to wait until 2016 at the earliest if there is agreement. It is therefore crucial that pressure is kept up to ensure that Stonehaven gets the specific warning it needs, as soon as possible, to help keep residents safe.”
Cllr Peter Bellarby has said:
“It is vital that a proper warning system is provided for Stonehaven and the east Aberdeenshire coast. We need to have this in place as soon as practicable so that residents can take action when needed.”