ARGYLL and Bute Council has pledged funding of £300,000 for flood mitigation work in Helensburgh.

Local coastline initiatives across the region will share a £1.158 million pot from the Scottish Government’s Crown Estates Fund.

At the council's recent policy and resources committee, councillors agreed that the funding should support projects in Tobermory (£145,000 for railings and flood prevention scheme), Rothesay (£151,000 for pontoons improvement) and Campbeltown (£270,000 for flood defences).

An additional £292,000 will go towards coastal roads improvements, flood mitigation and emergency works across the area.

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The cash for Helensburgh will be used to fund work to tackle surface water flooding on West Clyde Street.

A report to the committee stated: "There has been a history of surface water flooding in West Clyde Street, Helensburgh. This is caused by a lack of capacity in the drainage system that serves John Street and William Street.

"There are insufficient gullies to capture all of the water from certain rainfall events in these side streets and it flows down onto West Clyde Street causing significant surface water flooding there.

"The water takes a considerable amount of time to gradually drain into the Scottish Water combined sewer system.

"Approximately £152,000 remains available for the works from the CHORD budget. A very high level estimate of the potential budget needed to complete the works (new pipes in both streets and outfalls to the sea) is £300,000 per street.

"Allocating £300,000 of Crown Estate funding will provide £452,000 towards this project in total.

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"It is not possible to confirm the scope of the works that can be funded until the road is excavated. Only then will it be possible to confirm if one or both streets can be dealt with, but this can be done in a phased manner if necessary."

Policy lead for roads and infrastructure, Councillor Robin Currie, said: “Argyll and Bute has more than 4,000km of coastline.

"This funding award therefore is very welcome and will benefit a number of communities.”

Depute policy lead for economic growth, Councillor Jim Anderson, said: “Marine Scotland, which distributes the funds, is keen that our coastal communities enjoy the benefits by the end of March 2020.

"Given the quick turnaround for organising and delivering the work required, funding will support key projects already under way across the area, helping to progress these more quickly than would otherwise have been possible.”

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