Flood Risk Management Strategy

Flood Risk Management Strategies were prepared for the 14 river catchment and coastal areas across Scotland – known as Local Plan Districts (LPD’s) – and published in December 2015 by SEPA. The Strategies were developed to help coordinate efforts to tackle flooding across administrative and institutional boundaries in Scotland.

The extent of the Forth Estuary Local Plan District and the location of the Potentially Vulnerable Areas are shown below. It includes the urban areas of Edinburgh, Livingston, Cumbernauld, Falkirk, Dunfermline, Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes. The main river catchments include the River Leven, River Carron, River Avon, River Almond, Water of Leith, River Esk, River Tyne and the Eye Water. The largest lochs include the Carron Valley and Loch Coulter reservoirs that are in the River Carron catchment.

The Forth Estuary (LPD 10) contains 29 Potentially Vulnerable Areas (PVA’s); Grangemouth is included in PVA 10/11. The objectives to manage local flood risk in each PVA have been set by SEPA and agreed with the flood risk management authorities, and they are grouped in three main ways:

Using these objectives as a guideline, Falkirk Council wishes to significantly reduce the risk of flooding within the area of Grangemouth from the Firth of Forth Estuary, River Carron, Grange Burn and River Avon through the implementation of a Flood Protection Scheme promoted under the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009.

Local Flood Risk Management Plan

Local Flood Risk Management Plans for 14 Local Plan Districts (LPD) in Scotland were published in June by each of the 14 lead local authorities. The Forth Estuary Local Flood Risk Management Plan was published by the City of Edinburgh Council on behalf of the other 13 local authorites within the Forth Estuary LPD and can be downloaded from here.

The publication of this Local Flood Risk Management Plan is an important milestone in implementing the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 and improving how we cope with and manage floods in the Forth Estuary Local Plan District. The aim of the Plan is to translate this legislation into actions to reduce the damage and distress caused by flooding. This plan will cover actions identified in the first planning cycle from 2016 to 2022.

In summary, there are 29 areas that have been identified as being potentially vulnerable to flood risk across the Forth Estuary Local Plan District. These include 14,000 residential and 3,800 nonresidential properties. The estimated annual average damage of these flood risks is £36 million.

This Local Flood Risk Management Plan presents actions to avoid, reduce and manage the risk of flooding, and prepare and protect ourselves and our communities within these Potentially Vulnerable Areas and across the Local Plan District. These actions include 10 flood protection schemes or works; 26 flood protection studies; as well as new flood warning schemes, surface water management plans, and natural flood management studies and works. The delivery of many of these actions may be dependent on the availability of funding.