January start for work to ease flooding problems at Jamphlars pond

Jamphlars Pond, Cardenden
Jamphlars Pond, Cardenden

Fife Council has confirmed progress is continuing to be made at Jamphlars pond in Cardenden.

Last week depute Council leader Lesley Laird and Alex Rowley MSP had a meeting on site and spoke to residents who have been affected.

Councillor Laird said: “The site meeting was a chance for me to see first-hand the issues residents are worried about.

“They’ve experienced a long period of distress and it’s important the Council listens to their concerns.

“It also gave me the chance to talk to Council officers who will be managing the construction and operation of the Jamphlars Pond water quality treatment scheme.”

In addition to the water quality treatment work, the Council is also carrying out a one-off ditch clearance and silt removal operation which, it’s hoped, will alleviate flooding to properties in Woodend Park.

The aim of that work, which is expected to start in January 2015, is also to help private landowners ensure ongoing maintenance of the burn to prevent future flooding.

Cllr Laird added: “Officers have drawn up timetable of works which will be finalised as soon as possible.

“Once this is confirmed we’ll let people know the dates work will be carried out.

“We are looking to get these works started as soon as possible and intend to be on site this month to progress the start up project arrangements with a view to being up and running with the construction phase in January.

“We know the issue of flooding is still concerning people who live near the pond, so we’ve agreed that ditch clearance and silt removal work be done first when work starts in January.

“After that’s finished, a pipeline will be installed to carry mine impacted waters and hopefully help against future flooding.

“Officers will also continue to work with landowners to ensure they carry out maintenance responsibilities too.

“This particular issue has really brought into sharp focus the lack of formal powers the council has to tackle flooding issues associated with private land.

“This is a matter I’ll be taking up with the Scottish Government and will be asking them to consider a review of existing legislation.”