Upper Largo flood action group set to be launched

Upper Largo
Upper Largo

OVER 70 residents attended a public meeting hosted by Largo Area Community Council to come up with ideas to solve the severe flooding problem Upper Largo has faced in recent weeks.

A number of homes have been drenched several times and the community council invited Angus Carmichael, transport service manager at Fife Council, and Paul Hendy, a director of the Scottish Flood Forum, to the brainstorming session.

Residents questioned both Mr Carmichael and Mr Hendy but the Fife Council representative indicated it had no authority to take enforcement action against landowners and local farmers to prevent flood water from the fields flowing on to the public roads – despite this being considered an issue.

Speaking afterwards, Peter Aitken, chairman of Largo Area Community Council, said there was an opinion that Fife Council had a moral obligation to the community to do something, even if it had no legal one.

Mr Aitken added: “At the close of the meeting, it was agreed to form a Flood Action Group in Upper Largo to endeavour to identify the causes of flooding in the area and to take steps to prevent future flooding in Upper Largo.

“The meeting also agreed to call upon Largo Estate to clear an apparent blockage in the canal to the north of the village.”

The canal was constructed in 1495 by Admiral Sir Andrew Wood to enable him to be taken by barge from Largo House to Largo Church.