Newmill residents urged to attend flood works exhibition

Gary Coull – vital work.

A public exhibition of the second phase in work to halt years of flood misery for a Moray community will be held early next month.

Phase two of the Newmill flood defence works will see a commitment from Moray Council to invest an additional £1.3million into the project.

The village has suffered from a series of flood events over the last 50 years that has brought misery to residents, the most recent in November 2009 when 18 properties were damaged by flood water.

Announcing that the exhibition will take place in the village on Tuesday, July 1, Moray Council’s convener Stewart Cree said: “Newmill has suffered for far too long with periodic flooding and attempts to remedy this with minor measures that have largely been ineffective.

“We now have a significant investment being made that will complement the earlier work on the east side of the village and, when completed, will hopefully offer protection and reassurance to the whole village.”

Keith ward councillor Gary Coull has urged local people to attend the exhibition and see for themselves what is planned for their community. He said: “This exhibition day is extremely important for the community of Newmill to let the flood team know their thoughts.

“It is massively important for people living in Newmill that we crack on with this scheme and I have no doubt this event will help immensely in moving things forward as quickly as possible.”

The exhibition will be held in the Newmill Hall on July 1 from 3pm to 7.30pm.

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