Appeal for pictures of past flooding on Bute

Ronnie Falconer's picture of the small car park on Rothesay's Esplanade behind the flood defence wall was taken on December 30, 2015.
Ronnie Falconer's picture of the small car park on Rothesay's Esplanade behind the flood defence wall was taken on December 30, 2015.

Do you have any pictures of how flooding has affected communities on Bute in years gone by? If so, the man in charge of the island’s community emergency plan wants to hear from you.

Ronnie Falconer is currently in talks with both Argyll and Bute Council and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency in the hope of finding ways the island can be better protected against the threat of flooding in the future - a threat which, he says, still exists even though Rothesay’s flood defence system has been in place for 11 years now.

But those defences don’t protect homes or businesses outside the centre of Rothesay - and, as the picture above (taken by Mr Falconer himself) shows, nor do they mean the town centre is totally safe when heavy rain causes water to back up through the town’s drainage system.

With those points in mind Mr Falconer, a retired civil engineer who specialised during his professional career in flood mitigation and climate adaptation, wants to hear from any Bute residents who have photographic evidence of the effect caused by flooding in the past - in Rothesay itself but also, and in particular, outside of the town.

If you have any pictures showing past flooding events on Bute, you can email them to Mr Falconer at ronnie.falconer@tiscali.co.uk.