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BID Breakfast Update - River Ness Flood Alleviation Scheme

There was an excellent turnout from businesses at the Business Breakfast to hear Matt Smith (below right) the Principal Engineer for The Highland Council's Flood Team talk about the plans for the River Ness Flood Alleviation Scheme. He described it as an exciting project which offered the opportunity to develop the vista of Inverness’s greatest asset and improve its linkage and engagement with people.

He explained that between Ness and Friars Bridge a small raised wall no more than a metre in height would be erected in a sensitive fabric and that the scheme would also be used as an opportunity to streetscape Huntly and Bank Streets.

It was clear from comments in the Q&A that the plans were positively received by the businesses present being described at a once in a lifetime opportunity. The need to consult with business and plan to keep disruption to businesses to a minimum was stressed.

Amongst other points made by Matt was:
•   The projected £21m scheme had attracted £16m funding from the Scottish Government with the balance coming from the Highland Council
•  A stakeholder group would be formed and businesses were invited to contact him if they would like to be part of it
•  Local firm Mott McDonald are currently producing detailed designs for the scheme – their initial thoughts are currently being loaded onto the Highland  Council website and as soon as they are available we will provide a link to it
•  Phase 1 of the project which includes the area Friars Bridge to Ness Bridge is scheduled to start in late 2012 but will need to preceded by work by the services to repair & reroute cables/pipes to ensure that once the work is complete there won’t be the need for any of the agencies to carry out works  to the area
•  The District Valuer has been appointed by The Highland Council to liaise with any landowners and businesses whose business is affected by the  scheme.

Matt's presentation can be seen here

If you have any comments or questions about the scheme or would like to discuss in more detail please contact Matt at The Highland Council on RiverNessFAS@highland.gov.uk 

 Matt Smith

 

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