HOMES AND businesses in the Scottish town of Elgin are to be flooded as part of a new £95M flood alleviation scheme approved last week.
Moray Council has chosen to restore flood plains along the River Lossie as the cheapest of three options to save the town from years of severe flooding. It is now drawing up a formal business case to present to the Scottish Executive.
The other two options identified by designer Posford Haskoning (NCE 12 February) involve extensive civils work including dam construction and river diversion.
The chosen option will involve construction of floodwalls and embankments along the river as well as reinstating parts of the flood plain. The historic brewery bridge, along with several other modern crossings, will be extended to accommodate the wider channel and one historic iron bridge will have to be replaced.
'In principle this scheme is allowing the river to breathe again. In some areas there is development right up against the river, ' said Posford group manager Steven Trewhella.
Fewer than a dozen homes and the same number of businesses will need relocating, according to Trewhella. They will be paid the market rate for their properties, he said.
Plans have been made to hold a public inquiry but he believes this may not be necessary as most residents welcome the scheme. The town has flooded 11 times in the past 50 years.