Greenock and Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan has continued his efforts to find a long-term solution to address the persistent flooding on the A8 – and has revealed that he has held positive talks with Transport Minister Humza Yousaf MSP on the issue.
Mr McMillan has also previously written to a wide range of stakeholders in order to progress a flood management strategy for the A8 – with Chief Executive of Transport Scotland Roy Brannen responding with a willingness to participate in further discussions along with other agencies such as SEPA and Scottish Water to help find a long-term solution for the flooding on the main road.
Transport Minister Humza Yousaf MSP has also agreed to visit Inverclyde to visit key flooding areas in Inverclyde first-hand.
Commenting, Mr McMillan said:
“I am sure we can all agree that the situation affecting Inverclyde may not seem as devastating as scenes witnessed in other parts of Scotland, nonetheless the annual flooding which does affect Inverclyde has a hugely detrimental effect upon the area.
“I want to ensure that all options are being explored in order to mitigate the effect of flooding on the A8.
“I have now had a productive meeting with new Transport Minister Humza Yousaf MSP, who has indicated that he is willing to discuss this matter further to find an effective solution to what is a long-standing issue.”
Mr McMillan highlighted the investment coming to Inverclyde through the City Deal project – and has questioned whether some of the funds could be used for better flood defences on the A8.
“As Inverclyde will be receiving huge investment through the City Deal Project, particularly at the Inchgreen Drydock, and as far I am aware, full project details have not yet been designed, it is worthwhile to see if there is an opportunity to integrate some additional flood measures into this project.
“For decades 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. I do not believe a single project will solve the annual flooding but multiple actions, some of which may already be deployed, could well improve the outcome.”