Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Carson criticises Scottish Water's lack of action in Kirkcudbright

Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson has heavily criticised Scottish Water for a lack of timely action to support flood affected businesses in Kirkcudbright.

The Scottish Conservative and Unionist MSP believes that the company have failed to adequately respond to flooding, which again affected businesses in Beaconsfield Place on Friday.

Mr Carson is set to meet with owners and Scottish Water on site on Friday, but says they have failed to take decisive action to prevent flooding, which has now happened eight times in the town.

He has written again to their officials to ask for timescales on what action will be taken, while also asking whether compensation will be considered for businesses which have continually suffered from heavy flooding.

Commenting, Finlay Carson MSP said: “My thoughts are with the businesses who have been affected yet again, which has caused so much damage on far too many occasions in recent weeks and months.

“The fact that flooding is occurring time and time again at this site is completely unacceptable and sadly for some businesses there is a real risk that any action now will be too late for some of them.

“I have urgently asked Scottish Water to outline timescales for the support they will be providing and will be making that point to them on site on Friday.

“These businesses have been let down and this has had a real effect on people’s livelihoods.

“It is clear that Scottish Water have not acted decisively enough in order to support these businesses in Beaconsfield Place, and their response has fallen far short of what we should expect from them.

“Sadly Scottish Water have failed to learn the lessons from previously poorly handled flooding cases experienced by other businesses in the town earlier this year.”