Stuart McMillan MSP has called on Inverclyde Council to review their maintenance schedule for drainage systems in flood-prone areas in Inverclyde after a visit to the Sinclair Street area.
Flooding within Inverclyde has caused havoc for residents, businesses and commuters alike. Inverclyde Motorists faced gridlock after the A8 in Greenock was shut for hours on Saturday 5th December because of flooding after heavy rain. Morton’s match against Queen of the South at Cappielow was postponed because of the traffic problems.
Stuart McMillan MSP has raised concerns with Inverclyde Council over the last eight years regarding the maintenance schedule of drainage systems. Mr McMillan had a walkabout of the Sinclair Street area and noticed that drains are blocked and clearly haven’t had any maintenance for some time.
Mr McMillan is questioning Inverclyde Council once again about their maintenance schedule around the east end of Greenock and hopes that this lack of maintenance wasn’t partly responsible for the game being cancelled.
Inverclyde-based MSP Stuart McMillan said:
“The need for better flood protection for the area is something I have been contacted on by many Inverclyde residents and I have since campaigned for during my time as an MSP. Inverclyde Council recently secured over £1.7 million funding from the Scottish Government to tackle one of the localised flood prevention projects.
“However, the A8 and surrounding area has been flooding for decades going back to the early part of the last century. It has never been dealt with. So I was even more amazed to see that the silt traps that would allow excess water to clear away quicker and stop it running on the road were clearly not maintained.
“I have already written to Inverclyde Council, Transport Scotland and Scottish Water to see what procedures they are taking to confront the problem of persistent flooding in Inverclyde, and to ask what progress is being made by the Council in implementing the Flood Action Plan. I will now also write to Network Rail about the issue of flooding in the Sinclair Street area.
“Time and time again Inverclyde residents have had to suffer the problem of flooding, while a perceived lack of progress is made locally to organise how to address the problems the area faces. We must ensure that flood prevention remains a priority for Inverclyde.”