‘Battle plan’ needed to combat flooding in East Lothian

Storm in North Berwick.

Storm in North Berwick.

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A call has been made for a long term “battle plan” to combat flooding as East Lothian prepares for another 10,000 new houses in the future.

East Lothian councillors are to press for detailed talks with the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) to discuss Flood Risk Management Strategies and Local Flood Risk Management Plans which are being drawn up in the wake of legislation.

The first document about coastal flooding came under fire at a meeting of the cabinet on Tuesday when Councillor David Berry, member for North Berwick Coastal, claimed: “If it was a bucket, it would be leaking.”

He said North Berwick, which had a “vulnerable” harbour area, was not listed as a Potentially Vulnerable Area despite being right by the sea.

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