Tree-felling to begin at site of £12m flood prevention scheme

Angus Council

THE latest phase of work on the £12 million Arbroath flood prevention scheme will see tree-felling at St Vigeans, Arbroath Council has announced.

The local authority expects the work to take around ten days to complete, with further tree-felling to then commence at Brothock Meadows.

Fencing is currently being erected at Hercules Den, where a number of trees were cleared along with scrubland in November last year. The area will be used for storage, with a nearby football pitch also being utilised.

The council said the entire flood protection project will take 18 months to complete, with it providing a one in 200-year standard of protection. The work is joint funded by the Scottish Government and the local authority.

Glenn Mitchell, site agent for the project’s contractor, Morrison Construction, 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.”