Today’s decision by Environment Minister Ross Finnie to approve the Water of Leith Flood Prevention Scheme including Scottish Rugby’s alternative proposals for the Murrayfield area, has been warmly welcomed by the national governing body. Today’s decision by Environment Minister Ross Finnie to approve the Water of Leith Flood Prevention Scheme including Scottish Rugby’s alternative proposals for the Murrayfield area, has been warmly welcomed by the national governing body.
The long awaited Scottish Executive decision gives the green light to the scheme to reduce overall flood risk. The Executive has specifically accepted Scottish Rugby’s proposals in respect of protecting the area around Murrayfield. The Executive acknowledges that Scottish Rugby’s proposals will not increase total costs.
The decision to move ahead with the Scheme is welcome news for local residents who live close to Edinburgh’s Water of Leith and also Scottish Rugby. Residents and businesses, including Scottish Rugby’s Murrayfield headquarters were badly affected seven years ago when the Water of Leith flooded, leaving the international rugby pitch under nearly three feet of water.
Gordon McKie, Chief Executive of Scottish Rugby commented: “This is excellent news not just for Scottish Rugby but for every local resident who experienced the severe flooding in 2000. The damage to local communities and our Stadium had serious consequences and everybody is keen to ensure there is no repeat flooding in the future.
“The Scottish Executive has fully taken on board all the issues involved and accepted that our specific proposal for the Murrayfield area simply increases the amount of protection without raising costs. Although it has been a long wait to get to this point, we are very pleased with the Environment Minister’s decision today.
“This means we are able to protect not only our Stadium and international pitch but also our essential back pitches which we are ring fencing for rugby training.
“We are keen to work closely with the City of Edinburgh Council now and do all we can to help progress the scheme to construct or reinforce flood defences."
The Environment Minister Ross Finnie said: "We are committed to supporting Councils' efforts to reduce flood risk to their vulnerable communities and we will provide grant support for this Scheme to suit the Council's programme. People with homes and businesses along the Water of Leith can now be re-assured that the Flood Prevention Scheme will go ahead."