PEOPLE in Helensburgh and Lomond are being asked to share their views in a national consultation on flood protection measures.

The whole of the Helensburgh and Lomond area’s shoreline – including the Clyde, Gareloch and Loch Long – has been designated a “potentially vulnerable area" by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) in a draft flood risk management plan for the Clyde and Lomond district.

The plan estimates that around 270 people and 170 homes in Helensburgh and Rhu are currently at risk from coastal and surface water flooding – but that climate change could see that increase to 740 people and 480 homes by the 2080s.

A further 10 people and nine homes and businesses are said to be currently at risk of flooding in Kilcreggan, rising to 20 people and 10 homes and businesses by the 2080s. In Garelochhead approximately 110 people and 90 homes and businesses are currently at risk, increasing to 130 people and 130 homes and businesses, while around 330 people and 180 homes and businesses in Cardross are currently at risk, rising to 420 people and 230 homes and businesses over the next half a century.

Councillor Rory Colville, Argyll and Bute's policy lead for roads and infrastructure services, said: “One of Argyll and Bute’s greatest attractions is its 4,000km of coastline.

"However, with climate change our coastline could also present a great challenge for the area.

"The council is already working hard to progress flood protection schemes and studies in a number of our towns, and we have asked for input from residents and business owners. This is a chance to have an input as part of the national plan.”

Consultation responses must be submitted by October 31 – follow the links at to find out more.

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