Milton Burn nears completion

Phase Two of the Milton Burn Flood Prevention Scheme in Dunoon is nearing completion.

The second phase of the £4 million scheme involves the replacement of approximately 100 metres of combined sewer pipes and associated manholes between George Street and John Street.

The 30-week phase is due to finish in early 2012 and will conclude the major flood prevention scheme implemented by Argyll and Bute Council. The scheme was designed as a two-phase operation in order to provide flood relief to Dunoon as soon as possible.

Civil engineering contractor George Leslie Ltd is the main contractor for the project.

Work began on Phase Two in early 2011, following the successful completion of Phase One. The first phase largely concentrated on improving pipes and associated works to the upstream areas of the burn, whilst Phase Two has focused on downstream improvement works.

Milton Burn Flood Prevention Scheme was first announced in 2009 with construction initially scheduled to take place in 2010. However, the project suffered a number of delays and therefore did not commence until the following year.

During the 30-week second phase, new retaining walls have been built in sections of the burn, whilst a flood relief pipe has been installed underneath a Morrisons car park close to the burn. The relief pipe will now direct the overflow water under John Street and out into the sea.

A number of roads have been closed so that work can take place. However, local residents have been kept informed of any disruptions throughout the project.

Chair of the Bute and Cowal Area Committee, Councillor Bruce Marshall, said:

“This work is thanks to the diligence of Councillor James McQueen, who has been fighting to get it done since he became an elected member twelve years ago. It’s great news for local people and businesses, particularly around the Milton Bridge area where they have had to endure being flooded on many occasions over many years in the past.

“After these works are finished, there will be more work done on connecting the flood relief culvert via a weir in the Milton Burn, together with new burn training walls. This means water will be removed from the Milton Burn when there’s heavy rainfall so there is less risk of flooding downstream.”

 George Leslie Ltd

George Leslie Ltd is a privately owned civil engineering contractor that delivers infrastructure and engineering projects throughout Scotland. The company was founded in 1964 and includes local councils, water companies and government bodies amongst its key clients.

George Leslie Ltd has a reputation in the industry for being a resourceful contractor that works in both urban and rural locations. The company is fully accredited to Quality, Health & Safety and Environmental standards.

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