Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Fife communities set to miss out on £150m flood cash windfall

Fife Council will not benefit from any of the £150m extra flood cash.
Fife Council will not benefit from any of the £150m extra flood cash.

Communities deluged by repeated flooding across Fife have been told they will not be eligible for a slice of the recent £150 million committed by the Scottish Government to target hardest hit regions.

Council officers say the new fund, a top up to a £42 million Holyrood commitment already in place, will only be available to cover the increased costs of flood projects that have already been earmarked, and Fife has none.

£450,000 will be used by Fife Council to investigate around 600 potential flood risk issues across the Kingdom.

The Scottish Government confirmed last September that local authorities would be eligible for 80% support for measures prioritised under the national Flood Risk Management Strategy process.

However, Derek Crowe, senior manager of Fife Council’s roads and transportation Services, told a meeting of the policy and co-ordination committee on Thursday there were “strict protocols” for applying and there were no eligible schemes in the kingdom.

The council call centre received more than 4,000 calls relating to flooding concerns during Storm Frances the most ever received for a single event.

“For the next year the Scottish Government has £42m for pre-arranged and priority flood projects,” said Mr Crowe.

“This extra £150m is only there to help deliver these existing schemes that have now been advanced to detailed design and tendering, the value of which has inflated significantly.

“There is no new money that Fife Council can bid in for, it is only there for existing projects,” he added.

“I want to stop any confusion around councillors and community groups that the council could be accessing this £150m.

“We have had it clarified that is not available to us.”

Councillors voiced their dismay at the news. Linda Erskine, who represents Cardenden, one of the communities hardest hit by the severe flooding caused by Storm Frances in August 2020, said she was “shocked and disappointed”.

She added: “The public are already assuming, as are councillors, that we have access to apply for that funding, the fact that we don’t is worrying.”

Fellow councillor Neil Crooks said: “This is a massive misunderstanding that will come as a big shock to many communities, some of which have suffered for years.

“I’m stunned to learn that the extra funding won’t be available to local authorities.”

Fife Council has provided an extra £5m to the council’s flood prevention plan to be spread over the next 10 years, as well as a further £450,000 to investigate around 600 potential flood risk areas across the region.

Councillors were that the long-term flooding problems in Kinglassie, where some residents have yet to return to their homes after Lochty Burn burst its banks in August last year, have now been made a priority.

The works will be submitted to the Scottish Government for the next round of funding applications in 2022.

A report to the committee also outlined improvements made to the council’s flood emergency response as a result of the lessons learned from the devastating storms and flooding that hit Fife over August 11 and 12 last year.

Members were told staff numbers at the council’s call centre were being increased after it was swamped with more than 4,000 calls from the public seeking assistance during the two-day period.

Better training for council officers and closer links with existing community organisations are also priorities.

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]