Flood works in Moray remain ahead of schedule and under budget according to a report placed before members of a council committee on Wednesday.
The flood alleviation sub-committee was told that the Elgin scheme was now looking likely to be £1,598,000 under budget – while the scheme in Forres at the River Findhorn was predicted to cost a whopping £6,287,000 less than had been predicted.
In addition both schemes are expected to be completed ahead of schedule when workers pack up their tools next year, the Elgin scheme likely to end a month early while the Forres workers are likely to be moving on eight weeks ahead of schedule.
Forres SNP councillor Aaron McLean said: “It is great to see the scheme is on time and under budget – and working. To hear that after the August flood event it stopped part of the west end of Forres from being flooded is excellent news.”
His Elgin colleague, Councillor Graham Leadbitter, added: “The work done has been excellent and even though it was not complete the scheme prevented a major flood in August.”
In addition to projected under spend on the Forres and Elgin schemes the committee learned that costs for the Rothes scheme remained £2,397,000 below budget.