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(Issue 338, January/February 2007)

An action group has been formed by some residents of Milnathort following dissatisfaction with P&KC's response to the flooding which occurred on 13 and 14 December 2006.

At the time of writing, the Post Office, chip shop and Jolly Beggars are still closed, and several families are being housed in temporary accommodation following the deluge which occurred when local waterways burst their banks following days of exceptionally heavy rain. It appears that flood water also surcharged from the drainage system.

Questions are being asked as to why the flood defence works, completed in August 2006 at a cost of 500,000, failed to cope with the floodwater. Arup Scotland, who designed the flood alleviation scheme and supervised construction, sent staff to Milnathort on 14 December to examine the situation. A report is being prepared by Arup staff who were not involved in the original design.

Meanwhile, a report submitted to P&KC's Enterprise and Infrastructure Committee on 17 January by the Executive Director (Environment) has been criticised for inaccuracies. It lists just 17 commercial, industrial and domestic properties in Milnathort that had been affected. The report (ref 07/073 "Flooding in Perth & Kinross on 13 and 14 December 2006") can be downloaded from the Committee Information section of the Council's website by clicking here.

Parts of Kinross were also affected by the flooding. Anyone in Milnathort or Kinross whose property was affected and who thinks they have been "missed" by the Council is urged to make contact with P&KC.

On 30 January the Council issued a media release stating that some flood victims may be eligible for Council Tax relief. Click here to read the media release.

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