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Boost for Edinburgh flood scheme

Funding has been found for the second phase of a major flood protection project in Edinburgh.

The City of Edinburgh Council agreed to fill a £4.7M funding shortfall to allow the next part of the Water of Leith Flood Prevention Scheme to start.

The formal procurement process for the £25.2M project to build defences in Roseburn and Murrayfield can now begin, with work due to start next autumn. 

The first phase of the scheme saw defences built at Veitches Square, Stockbridge Colonies, Warriston, St Mark’s Park and Bonnington.  

Councillor Lesley Hinds said: “It’s fantastic news that we can now proceed with the next stage of this hugely important project, which will safeguard hundreds of properties from flooding in the future.

“We’ve been working extremely closely with the community and key stakeholders to make sure they were fully involved in the plans from the outset and with reinforced governance and protocols in place, we’re confident that Phase 2 will be delivered efficiently and at best value to the taxpayer.”

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