The Musselburgh Flood Protection Scheme project team will be holding weekly drop-in sessions for local residents starting today (Friday, 10 February).

Council officers will be in attendance at the sessions, which will be held at the Brunton every Friday from 10am until 1pm until further notice.

Tom Reid, Head of Infrastructure, East Lothian Council:

“The progression of a flood protection scheme to reduce the flood risk to properties and wider infrastructure of Musselburgh is continuing this month with the commencement of the public consultations on the Outline Design. Two very helpful and constructive meetings – with the Esksides Area Local Consultation Group and Coastal Area Local Consultation Group – were held this week and we look forward to further engagement.

“The weekly drop in sessions will be useful opportunity for members of the community to have further discussions with the project team and ask questions about the scheme.”

Further consultation evenings, which were defined in the Consultation programme published before Christmas, are in the pipeline:

  • Tuesday 18 April – The Esksides Area Local Consultation Group;
  • Wednesday 19 April – The Coastal Area Local Consultation Group;
  • Thursday 20 April – The Edinburgh Road Local Area Consultation Group
  • Tuesday 20 June – Public Exhibition No. 2 – Day 1 – For Everyone; and
  • Wednesday 21 June – Public Exhibition No. 2 – Day 2 – For Everyone.

At the June event the initial Outline Design will be presented and individuals, businesses and other interested parties will have the opportunity to seek clarification on aspects of the Scheme and to provide feedback. This major consultation will see the unveiling of the proposed designs, and a 3D Animation will be available to maximise the potential for delivering a clear vision of how the flood protection scheme’s combination of physical defences, environmental changes, and river restoration will look within the town’s existing historic / build landscape.  The project team will then compile a report to allow work to begin on the revision of the Outline Design based on the feedback collected.

It is expected recommendations will be brought to East Lothian Council’s elected members for consideration and approval  in January 2024. 

Published: Friday, 10th February 2023