Tree-felling is scheduled to start at St Vigeans, by Arbroath, from next Monday, 25 January, as part of ongoing Arbroath Flood Prevention Scheme.
Work is expected to take about ten days to complete. The footpath in the area will be closed to the public during this time. Signs will be in place to advise of this.
Thereafter, attention will turn to Brothock Meadows for undertake five days of tree-felling work that is scheduled to begin on Monday 8 February.
Fencing is also being erected from today (Monday 18 January) at Hercules Den, where a number of trees were cleared along with scrubland in November last year. This will create a site storage area, which will also take in part of the football pitch closest to the large embankment (Parkview side). As a result, the pitch will not be in use until the completion of this part of the works, scheduled for mid-April.
Site agent for contractor’s Morrison Construction, Glenn Mitchell, said: “Residents will have seen the tree-felling work being completed before the turn of the year. This was carried out safely and effectively by local business Royal Oak Tree Services and we were pleased to see so many local people collecting the logs for use in local homes, schools and businesses.
“The area cleared will be used for our flood storage embankment earthworks and it was important that the felling took place when it did so as not to impact on the bird nesting season.
“We were also able to complete six of our flood wall extension operations before Christmas, working with specialist contractor Murform.
“2021 is certain to be a busy year for our site team and we will have multiple operations running concurrently in various locations across the Arbroath area. Working closely with the Council, we intend to keep people regularly updated on the project’s progress.”
Arbroath (Brothock Water) Flood Protection Scheme – is funded by Scottish Government and Angus Council – and is designed to reduce the risk of flooding from the Brothock Water, which runs through the coastal town, and provide a one in 200-year standard of protection.
It is a national priority project under the Flood Risk Management Strategy and has been developed in partnership with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). All work currently being carried out is fully compliant with Covid-19 guidelines and working practices.
The entire project is expected to take about 18-months to complete, weather and other circumstances permitting.
Communities Convener, Cllr Mark Salmond said: “This is an extremely important project for the Arbroath area and one that I am certain will deliver long-term benefits for communities and businesses in the area by reducing the impact of severe weather events.
“We want to keep people up to speed on what is happening as the scheme develops. National COVID-19 restrictions will shape our plans in relation to this, but be assured that we will keep our communities updated and the project team welcome any questions or enquiries that people have.”
For further information please contact CapitalProjects@angus.gov.uk
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