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Newton Stewart Flood Protection Scheme

Newton Stewart was identified in the Solway Local Plan District (Local Flood Risk Management Plan) as a potentially vulnerable area with work needed to reduce the risk of river flooding within the town.

Scheme Overview

Following significant flooding events in Newton Stewart in 2012 and 2015, Kaya Consulting Ltd were commissioned to undertake hydraulic modelling of the river and flood levels.

The engineering, environment and design consultancy company SWECO have been appointed to develop a sustainable flood protection scheme for Newton Stewart. The scheme will be based on the work undertaken by Kaya Consulting Ltd who will provide hydraulic modelling services to aid the design.

Following a review of the work previously undertaken, and with the help of the local community, SWECO produced a list of all suggested options put forward as a solution to the flooding. 

A Value Management (VM) meeting was then held to discuss the long list and reduce this to a short list of options:

  • Option 2 - Upstream Storage at Linloskin Bridge
  • Option 4 - Obstructions on River Cree
  • Option 6 - Construction of Direct Defences
  • Option 7 - Increase Flow Area beneath A75 Bridge
  • Option 9 - Increase A75 Flood Relief Culvert Size/ Number
  • Option 19 - Re-profile Land at Broomisle
  • Option 20 - Reinstate Flood Storage Area at the Ghyll
  • Option 22 - Upstream Storage in River Cree Tributaries
  • Option 24 - Re-profile Land around Pumping Station

A VM2 meeting was held on the 7 November 2017 to consider the 10 options from the VM meeting and to select the preferred option(s).

The outcome of this meeting was that 3 options were recommended to be taken forward to outline design 

Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee

The outcome of the VM2 meeting was reported to the EEI Committee on Tuesday 23 January where it was agreed to proceed with the preferred option to outline design.

Following on from the Committee approval the Council land Sweco have developed the preferred options into an outline design and these were presented to a VM3 meeting on 5 June 2018.


Meetings and events are planned at key stages to help shape the scheme and close working with groups will be a key part of the process. The current timeline for the project is:

  • March - Complete ground investigations and analysis report
  • March to May 2018 - Undertake and complete outline design
  • May - Value Management 3 meeting to discuss outline design and preferred option
  • June - 2nd public engagement event.
  • July to September - Prepare scheme drawings and documents for Flood Order
  • September - Report to Economy, Environment and Infrastructure Committee to present finalised outline design and seek approval to formally publish the scheme
  • October - Publish Flood Order

Public engagement events

Public Engagement 1

This was held in Newton Stewart over 3 days from 30 November to 2 December 2017 and provided an update on the options which had been looked at to protect the town from flooding.

You can view the presentation boards used at the public engagement events in November and December 2017:

Public Engagement 2

A second 3 day event was held on 21 to 23 June 2018 which provided details of the outline design of the preferred options and an updated timetable on the replacement of the Sparling Bridge. 

Ground investigation works - January to February 2018 

The Council has appointed Holequest Ltd to undertake ground investigation works along the riverside as part of the design work.

This work will take place from mid-January for approximately 3-4 weeks and will involve digging a series of trial pits (both mechanically and hand dug). There will also be a small compound taking up a few spaces on the Riverside car park and some temporary traffic management and footpath diversions.

Sparling Bridge

Sparling Bridge was removed in November 2016 following a severe flooding event. Close working with the Community Council now provides an opportunity to replace the old structure with a modern, attractive crossing which is fit for purpose and is more cost effective. The earliest start will be May 2018.

Design work on the replacement bridge has been ongoing since late 2017. The new bridge is to be a combined pedestrian/cycle bridge,linking together two National Cycle routes.

The bridge will be a steel structure, with timber parapets and will incorporate lighting to the handrails. The proposals now also include resurfacing the existing track on the eastern side so that the ramp and tarmac road are joined by a continuous surfaced cycle way.

The current timeline of works for Sparling Bridge is:

It was hoped that the new bridge could be installed this year but a number of factors has meant that there is not sufficient time to undertake the construction work before the licence to work in a river environment expires (working close to the river is only permissible until the end of September).

  • March 2018 - Completion of ground investigations report.
  • April 2018 - Planning application determination.
  • May 2018 - Complete final design.
  • May/June 2018 - Public Engagement as part of Main Flood Scheme event.
  • June 2018 - complete tender documents and drawings ('shelf ready').
  • July 2018 - conclude outstanding agreements and permissions.
  • August -  issue PIN notice on Public Contracts Scotland to enable interested parties to express interest, visit site, consider supply chains etc.
  • Late 2018/early 2019 - issue tender.
  • Early 2019 - award contract.
  • March/April 2019 - site set-up and initial works.
  • April/May 2019 - main work to start on site.
  • August 2019 - estimated completion and opening. 


Further details  and updates on the current list of options and replacement bridge are available through community newsletters:

You can also receive general updates:


If you require any further information contact the Flood Risk Management Team at Dumfries and Galloway Council.

Page last updated: 07/05/2019
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