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Musselburgh’s flood study finally surfaces

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Council bosses are being pressed for action to protect Musselburgh, having been forced to disclose the findings of a new flood risk report.

The Musselburgh Flood Study – withheld from the public for almost 18 months – has now been published by East Lothian Council, following a Freedom of Information battle by local MSP Colin Beattie.

It concludes that “extensive areas of the town are likely to be at significant risk of flooding” and recommends further assessment of flood protection measures.

Should more be done to protect Musselburgh and other parts of East Lothian from flooding?

Fisherrow Links, Haugh Park, low-lying areas of Eskmills Business Park, New Street, North High Street, Shorthope Street and residential properties in Eskside West are all listed among areas “likely to be flooded”.

Welcoming the council’s decision to publish the report, Mr Beattie said transparency was fundamental in such issues. He went on: “The people of Musselburgh have a right to know whether the chances of flooding, and the considerable damage that can be caused, are likely to increase significantly in the future.

“Being on the River Esk, Musselburgh has not been immune to flooding in the past and, according to the report, will not be immune to it in future. We have to be able to prepare ourselves for any eventuality.

“I encourage all Musselburgh residents to read the report to see how they may be affected.”

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