Whitesands project - maintenance of defences
Once the scheme is built we have a duty to maintain it and repair any damage.
The Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 places duties on us to inspect and maintain the defences. They will therefore be kept in good condition and repair and to do so an operational and maintenance procedure will be developed and implemented.
All the defences involved in the scheme are designed to appropriate standards.
The raised walkway will have an impermeable core and foundation preventing water from passing through. The slopes and planting will be robust with erosion control matting and suitable plant species. If there is a significant flood there may be some cosmetic damage, which would then be repaired, but the defences will remain intact.
The walls and glass panels are designed to withstand the impact of high floods. The scheme uses tried and tested techniques and materials and the experience of specialist flood protection product companies.