Falkirk East’s SNP MSP Angus MacDonald has today welcomed the announcement of a new ten year strategy to protect Scotland’s most flood-prone communities – including funding of £2,952,000 for projects in Falkirk district, including Grangemouth.

The plan – announced by the First Minister earlier this week – will support local flood risk management plans, fund more than 130 flood protection studies and deliver 40 new flood protection projects across Scotland – protecting more than 10,000 homes.

Welcoming the news, Angus MacDonald MSP said:

“Earlier this year, we saw the devastating effects flooding can have on local communities – and this new strategy will help protect households in the east of Falkirk district from the impact of future adverse weather.

“Significant work has already been undertaken by Falkirk Council, working with local industry and SEPA, to develop plans for flood defences along the Forth, including plans to protect our petro-chemical industry in Grangemouth. This £2.9 million of funding will help Falkirk Council move these projects forward.

“Investment in flood protection schemes and associated infrastructure is critical to protecting vulnerable householders, businesses and communities – and I am delighted to see the SNP in government working in partnership with local government on this important issue.

“The plan set out by the First Minister this week will give Falkirk Council the certainty it needs to deliver the actions set out in their Local Flood Risk Management Plans to help protect individuals, business and communities from the danger of flooding.

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