Under pressure from North East MSPs, the council and local businesses the Scottish Government have agreed to carry out new research into the erosion of coastline around Montrose.
Mike Rumbles MSP has welcomed the two year survey, which will be carried out in partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage and will use the latest techniques to monitor and map coastal erosion.
Over the past year the Liberal Democrat MSP has been working alongside fellow MSPs Liam Kerr and Mairi Gougeon to put pressure on government ministers to deliver a sustainable flood prevention scheme for the Montrose coast.
Mr Rumbles said: “The Scottish Government informed my colleagues and I that coastal erosion in Montrose was a matter for the council. So it is great news that they have decided, this week, to change their position and back a new project to monitor the problem.
“This is only the first step in getting proper flood defences put in place, but it is very welcome news indeed. I would like to thank my colleagues and local businesses who I have worked alongside to achieve this result.
“I have no doubt that, for the residents and businesses that are in danger from coastal erosion, the work cannot start soon enough. That is why I will continue to put pressure on the Scottish Government to deliver a sustainable flood prevention programme for Montrose as soon as possible.”
Notes for editors:
- Find full details of the project at: http://www.dynamiccoast.com/
- Tay Estuary and Montrose Basin Local Flood Risk Management Plan: https://www.angus.gov.uk/directories/document_category/tay_estuary_and_montrose_basin_local_flood_risk_management_plan