Flood work gets under way

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ANGUS Council is to start work on a major element of the £365,000 flood alleviation scheme for the Barry Burn in Carnoustie on Monday.

Steel sheet piles are to be installed along a 190-metre length of the existing flood embankment on the south side of the Barry Burn between MacDonald Smith Drive and the footbridge. This will create a barrier against seepage and stabilise the embankment.

Work will last approximately five weeks.

During the works, the footpath adjacent to the south embankment between MacDonald Smith Drive and the footbridge will be closed.

The council has written to local residents to advise them of the start of the project and the footbridge and footpath closure.

Councillor Peter Murphy commented: “The work being undertaken is part of a long term strategy by Angus Council to reduce the danger of flooding in the area of Carnoustie West that is adjacent to the course of the Barry Burn.

“This phase involves the installation of steel sheet piles along approximately a 190m length of the existing flood embankment on the south side of the Barry Burn between MacDonald Smith Drive and the footbridge which has been identified as being prone to seepage.”

He continued: “The council has awarded the contract to DJ Laing.”

The councillor explained: “The footpath adjacent to the south embankment between MacDonald Smith Drive and the footbridge will remain closed for the duration of the works.”

He concluded: “I am very pleased that these operations are about to take place which is part of the of the council plan to spend £365,000 on flood protection measures at the Barry Burn in Carnoustie over the next two years.”