Dredging Lade ‘not ruled out’

Bute Shinty Club's home ground at the Meadows is notoriously prone to flooding - this picture was taken in June 2015. Work is under way on protecting the playing surface ahead of the start of the 2016 season. (Pic - Vera McCabe)
Bute Shinty Club's home ground at the Meadows is notoriously prone to flooding - this picture was taken in June 2015. Work is under way on protecting the playing surface ahead of the start of the 2016 season. (Pic - Vera McCabe)

SEPA has said it hasn’t ‘ruled out’ the possibility of allowing the dredging of the Lade if it would help to reduce flooding in the public park in Rothesay.

In response to recent discussions held at Bute Community Council’s meeting last month over the significant problem of flooding at the Meadows, the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency has said that while dredging the Lade - as was suggested at the meeting - hasn’t been ‘ruled out’, a proper assessment is required before any action could be taken.

At BCC’s meeting on February 17, those present were advised by councillors Len Scoullar and Isobel Strong that dredging had been suggested by the council, but that SEPA refused due to concerns over the biodiversity of the Lade.

Martin Catlin, community councillor, commented: “You’ll impact on habitat to some extent, but it’ll regenerate . There is a mitigating factor here, however, and that’s that there’s a significant drainage problem at the Meadows which needs to be addressed.”

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