UPDATE: Flooding to be tackled on the Moss Road near Acharacle

Road, hamlet of Moss by Loch Sheil (Phillip Williams) / CC BY-SA 2.0

UPDATE – 12/03/2014

Fion Construction is now the appointed contractor for this work, and will set up the site on Monday 17th March, with work starting a few days later. The contract is due to be completed within 18 weeks of the start date.

The road from Shiel Bridge to Moss, near Acharacle, is particularly prone to flooding. This has caused considerable damage to the road surface in recent years.Today, I have received confirmation that the flood alleviation work has gone out to tender and work should commence by mid-March.

4 thoughts on “UPDATE: Flooding to be tackled on the Moss Road near Acharacle

  1. Will this help reduce insurance premiums for the PH36 4JX postcode which has a high flood risk premium?
    What effect do you think this will have on tourism to the area?

    • Andy, That’s an interesting point, you would think it should help reduce premiums but where insurance companies are involved I am sure it is not that easy. We probably need to get SEPA involved to reassess flood risk after the scheme is finished and change their flood maps. I will get in touch with them.

      As to the effect on tourism, I don’t think this alone will make much difference. However, I do think the state of the roads does have an effect on return visits and reputation. If a tourist damages their car because of potholes, they are going to tell everyone about the shocking condition of some rural roads. With both the Kentra and Shielfoot roads being resurfaced in the next month, hopefully we are beginning to get this sorted.

      • Thank you for your quick response Andrew. I think your web/blog site is really good, and a great example of councillor engagement. It would be great if this work starts to lead to flood risk insurance reassessment for the area.

        It’s always interesting to drive or walk along the banks of Loch Shiel at Moss looking out for birds on the loch. It’s a good observation point, particularly with the gorse shielding at the side of the road. The end of the road is also a good starting point for a walk along the loch edge and the bog/moss when the water level is slightly lower than at present. A great opportunity for close encounters with all sorts of wildlife. If you are interested in plants, then I think Ladies Irish Tresses orchids, may have been reported in the area adjacent to the road in the past too.

      • Very kind comments. Many of my colleagues think my website, Facebook and Twitter activity is pointless, but it’s such an important way of keeping in touch with the residents I represent. It should never replace all the other traditional ways, but is particularly valuable when looking after a large rural and remote ward. I was in Acharacle today, and hoped to go along to Moss to have a look at where they are doing the work, but ran out of time.
        I am more of an insect enthusiast, my A-level Biology teacher used to despair about how dismissive I was when it came to plant biology!

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