Stuart McMillan MSP (SNP) has welcomed the news that Inverclyde Council has secured over £1.7 million, from the Scottish Government, to tackle flooding in the area.
Previously, local authorities were invited to apply for flood protection and full details on project priority and eligibility were set out in the guidance which accompanied the invitation to bid.
Seven applications for flood protection scheme funding were received, from the following local authorities: Angus, City of Edinburgh, Dundee, Dumfries and Galloway, Inverclyde, Perth and Kinross, the Scottish Borders. Of the applicants, only two met all the requirements for funding set out in the guidance; these were Angus Council (Brechin Scheme) and the Scottish Borders Council (Selkirk Scheme).
Mr McMillan has been campaigning, since his election in 2007, for better flood protection in the west of Scotland and in-particular the Inverclyde area.
Mr. McMillan said:
“It’s pleasing to learn, at the second attempt, that Inverclyde Council has secured funding from the Scottish Government to tackle flooding in the area.
“The need for better flood protection for the area is something I have been contacted on by many Inverclyde residents and I have since campaigned for during my time as an MSP.
“In my meeting with the Minister for Environment in May of this year I strongly urged the need for funding to be provide to Inverclyde for flood protection.
“I hope the securing of this funding will lead the local authority to take the necessary action to address this issue and show the people of Inverclyde they are as serious about flood protection as I am.”