Fife Council commits over £5m to tackle flooding

AN investment of more than £5 million is to be made over the next ten years to help tackle flooding in Fife.

It comes following ‘unprecedented’ weather last year which caused extreme flooding in the constituency.

Councillors at a Fife Council policy and co-ordination committee agreed to the £5 million spend to help improve the ways in which it responds to flooding, and also to reduce the impact extreme weather has on local communities.

Fife Council co-leader, councillor David Alexander, said, “The devastation and disruption caused by the unprecedented weather last year had a huge impact on many people across Fife. There was damage to roads, structures, private properties and council buildings, as well as disruption to services.

“The list of follow-up investigations and mitigation measures is challenging. This funding will go a long way to help push forward flood prevention work over the next 10 years.

Fife Council co-leader, councillor David Ross, added, “Climate change is here to stay and the impacts of storm events like we had in August last year highlight the importance of regular, proactive maintenance of areas at risk, as opposed to making all our resources available for reactive works.

“We also need to work with communities and partners to build resilience and improve how we prepare for these events in the future.”