Flood report ‘insult’ to Burgh community

Flooding in Musselburgh (Tuesday, September 25)

Flooding in Musselburgh (Tuesday, September 25)

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Local MSP Colin Beattie is outraged over East Lothian Council’s “refusal” to make flood reports for Musselburgh available to the public.

The SNP member for Midlothian North and Musselburgh asked to see the River Esk Risk Assessment for 2011 and Musselburgh Flood Report after a worried resident inquired about the River Esk being dredged.

Mr Beattie said he was “refused” on the basis that the private company hired to produce the publicly funded assessment and report defined it as “intellectual property” that could not be shared with the general public.

He claimed that he was then told that his constituents would “misunderstand” the report and it would be “a considerable burden” for council officials to clarify matters.

The MSP has now referred the case to the Scottish Information Commissioner Rosemary Agnew, who enforces and promotes Scotland’s freedom of information laws.

A spokesman for East Lothian Council said: “As Mr Beattie has now referred this matter to the Scottish Information Commissioner, we do not think it would be appropriate to comment on an ongoing appeal.”

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