On the agenda at the combined meeting of the West and Suburban Community Councils last week was the subject of flooding and flood prevention.
Rosemary Young told the meeting: “I put this on because I walked down into our little patch just along here and the whole path had been covered in stones, not big stones, little stone, masses of them after the flood but I must say I had a very good result. I rang up Liz Cowie and she was very pleased I let her know and I think it’s been done. So if anyone has got anything they feel pretty strongly about on flood defences, I mean it is pretty topical at the moment isn’t it? We’ve come off quite likely I feel.”
Murd Dunbar, from the public benches was of the opinion that the Fishertown area was more likely to be flooded with sewage rather than flood water and he suggested that sewage should have been on the agenda.
Rosemary responded by saying that they had covered the sewage earlier.
Murd then suggested that any potential threat to the Fishertown area would be “easily remedied” by taking “a bit off the bank at the other side” thus allowing the water to go the way it went before.
Rosemary said: “Murd you are so radical.”
Graham Kerr then said: “I think we have a right to ask Highland Council to put their engineering expertise onto something giving us coastal protection. They can say they’ve got no money to do anything but surely they’ve got experts sitting in there who could…”
Rosemary intervened at this point: “But are we getting flooded from the sea, we’re not are we?”
“The Golf Course is flooded every year,” replied Graham.
Alastair Noble then said: “Certainly Fishertown is very, very close to flooding.”
After the meeting Murd indicated to the Gurn that he was less than impressed with the response to his comments, he reminded this observer of this image of the 1956 flood on the River Nairn and suggested that that image shows that allowing the Maggot to flood could possible save the Fishertown from being submerged in the future.