Phase two of the New Cumnock’s £8.2m flood protection works are due to start in the coming weeks after East Ayrshire Council appointed a main contractor, Wills Bros Civil Engineering Ltd.
The 18-month project, which is anticipated to start next month, will protect residential and commercial properties near the Afton Water and River Nith through a combination of engineering measures including 900m of earth embankments, 1200m of reinforced concrete walls and 600m of riverbank strengthening.
Prior to the main contractor being appointed, work was carried out to divert a major gas main and other utilities within the area. This will allow phase two to get underway as quickly as possible.
Advance Notices of Entry under the powers of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009 have been issued by the Council’s legal section to all known landowners and occupiers who are directly affected by the works.