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Council approves £1.7M Portknockie landslide work

Moray Council has agreed to fund repairs to 22 landslips that occurred around the village of Portknockie in Scotland last September following heavy rainfall.

Councillors met last week to review options presented by Can Geotechnical which ranged from £2M for all slope issues to be resolved through to £800,000 to “do nothing”.

“All ward members agreed that the council needed to act, and I’m delighted that the most suitable solution will be progressed,” said Moray Council councillor for Keith and Cullen ward, which includes Portknockie, Donald Gatt.

“Naturally, with the financial position the council is in this is going to have an impact on the ensuing year’s budgets, but – like Cullen harbour wall - these emergency works will come up from time to time and we have to be prepared for them.

“The annual cost of borrowing this sum of money is going to be £100,000, but we can’t see people’s homes and livelihoods affected any further, or have residents cut off”.

The project is expected to start later this year after a contractor is appointed and preparatory work has been completed.

The council added that discussions are currently being arranged with Scottish Water in a bid to improve drainage systems in the village, which would reduce the risk of similar slips occurring in the future.

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