£6.6 million flood barrier set to tame the Clyde

27 Jul 2007

In the wake of the widespread flooding in England, Renfrewshire Council is about to put a £6.6 million contract for flood defences out to tender. The North Renfrew Flood Scheme is designed to protect around 1,000 homes beside the River Clyde.

The scheme involves building a pumping station and barriers to cope with potential surge tides which could add two metres onto the normal high tide level.

The scheme builds on £10 million worth of flood prevention projects across Renfrewshire which includes work at Crosslee by Houston; Collier Street, Johnstone; Moredun, Paisley and Kilbarchan Burn.

These hard measures have been backed up by steps to ensure drains, culverts and, in some cases, open watercourses are kept clear and free-flowing.

Renfrewshire Council and its partners, Scottish Water and the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) have also won some £400,000 from the European Union for a research and development project on how land sheds water when it becomes water logged. Vulnerable areas will also be mapped under the study.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of the Environment and Infrastructure Board, said, "Climate change means we are going to be faced more and more with long periods of heavy rain and extreme weather conditions like storms. Increasingly flooding is happening because flat land surfaces, which normally soak up rain, become water-logged. Once this happens, the water just runs off the land causing flooding in nearby areas.

"The Cardell Road/Drive area in Paisley experienced this effect in 2006. In the run-up to the floods on 13/14 December 2006 we had 42 days of non-stop rain. This was followed on 13/14 December by the heaviest rain in 100 years."

  • Aerial view of the development area at Renfrew Riverside