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Upper Garnock Flood Protection Scheme

The purpose of this scheme is to reduce the risk of flooding to the communities of the upper Garnock Valley and help protect:

  • homes
  • businesses
  • local services

This is in response to a history of flood events, most notably the event in 2008. Flood protection will be provided for the most vulnerable areas, these being:

  • Central Kilbirnie and Paddockholm
  • Glengarnock and Mill Park Estate in Dalry

After a public hearing in Summer 2018 the scheme was formally deemed operative by the Scottish Government and proceeded to the detailed design stage. This took forward the outline design and included a further round of ecological surveys and extensive SEPA consultation. This stage is now complete and the final design provides the required flood protection while addressing ecological issues.

The scheme comprises the following works which will provide the communities with effective flood protection: 

  • Construction of a dam to form a water retention basin on the line of the River Garnock just north of Kilbirnie
  • Minor works in the Paddockholm area of Kilbirnie, on the Powgree Burn in Glengarnock and adjacent to the DSM plant in Dalry
  • A flood wall and other measures around the Mill Park residential estate in Dalry

The scheme has now proceeded to the tender stage with the aim of appointing a contractor to start construction in Summer 2020. The appointed contractor will provide a liaison officer to manage community communications and provide a direct point of contact during the construction phase.

This scheme is included in the Ayrshire Flood Risk Management Strategy and Local Flood Risk Management Plan as a flood management action. It has therefore been awarded 80% Scottish Government funding through the national prioritisation process.

A presentation of the detailed design and scheme overview can be found at the following link.

Below is a presentation covering the detailed design and scheme overview:

Any queries in relation to the scheme should be forwarded to: