SOME 15 trees are to be removed from the banks of the Carron to enable the flood protection works to continue.
A planning application for the removal of the lime trees was approved today (Monday November 4).
Piling work at a section of the river at Carron Terrace had been suspended after the contractors encountered difficulties in erecting metal sheet piles to protect their root systems from the works – and to support the river bank.
From an earlier planning application regarding the trees it is clear efforts were made to save the trees by pollarding them to reduce the stress on the trees when soil was removed from around their roots.
But in the latest application for the trees’ removal, the arboricultural consultant states: ”Several attempts have been made to install metal sheet piles in order to isolate the trees from the excavation works allowing retention.
”However, due to ground conditions this has not been possible. Other design solutions have been explored. However, no practical solution has been found which would enable the river bank (and trees) to be preserved. Therefor, in order to construct the flood wall, it will be necessary to re-profile the entire river bank back to the road edge.”
The 15 mature trees are to be replaced by 15 new ‘heavy standard’ Common Lime – planted as close as possible to the original trees’ locations.
Full details of the application to remove the trees and the arboricultural report are available online at the Aberdeenshire Council website.
Updates given to nearby residents had alluded to the problems encountered.
And today, Sheila Tolmie of McLaughlin & Harvey Ltd said: ”Due to the nature of the works, there are many factors such as ground conditions, river flow, weather etc that require the works plan to be changed as the project develops.
”This is required to ensure that works are carried out as efficiently as possible in each zone and with the least amount of disruption to the residents. In certain circumstances works may require design and methodology changes which may result in a zone being inactive for a period of time. This is unavoidable and every effort is made to mitigate this.”
Information evening will answer any questions
Meanwhile, an information evening has been arranged for Tuesday, 19th November 2019 at 7 p.m. until 9 p.m in the Invercarron Resource Centre.
Refreshments will be provided on arrival before a welcome and introductions by Mark Irvine, Chairman of the Flood Action Group
Project and a presentation by Sheila Tolmie, Community Liaison Officer. This is an opportunity to meet and talk with project team members about the Carron flood protection works.
Information for the project is also available at the site notice boards throughout the site, by contacting Sheila Tolmie on 07867193124, or by attending the monthly coffee mornings (next one is 14th November from 10 – 12 noon) and via the project website https://www.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/environment/flooding/stonehaven-fps/.