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Stonehaven Flood Protection Scheme

Stonehaven has historically suffered from flooding which affected local residences and businesses within the lower reach of the River Carron. Major flooding events have occurred in Stonehaven over many years, most recently in 1988, 1995, 2001, 2002, 2007, 2009 and 2012 which have caused the evacuation of nearby residents.

The fly through video is from 2015. The scheme has been modified since then but the video gives an indication of how it will look.

Stonehaven Flood Protection Scheme (FPS) is designed to protect homes and businesses which have previously been badly affected by flooding events around the River Carron. It is to provide a standard of protection well above the current Association of British Insurers requirements, reducing flood risk to 372 residential properties, 2 public utility sites, a school and an emergency service site. Once completed, it will provide a 0.5% chance of occurrence standard of protection(1 in 200-year flood event). It will also include an allowance for climate change (33% increase to 2080) and a safety margin catering for uncertainties.

In this section you can find out more about the Stonehaven FPS:

Key elements of the work

The works are the design of defined elements and construction of Stonehaven Flood Protection Scheme. This includes construction of walls, embankments, culverts, and alteration to 5 bridges along the Carron Water (and tributaries) through Stonehaven:

  • Removing, replacing and raising the Red Bridge and Green Bridge
  • Repositioning the Green Bridge
  • Removing, refurbishing and reinstating the White Bridge in a raised position
  • Replacing the Bridgefield Bridge parapet with a reinforced glass type material
  • Raising and widening the Beach Bridge
  • Construction of flood walls between the Red Bridge and the river mouth
  • Removal of the island downstream of the Green Bridge
  • Installation of 2 higher capacity culverts on the Glaslaw Burn and a new culvert under the gardens of Cameron Street
  • Construction of a new pedestrian walkway from Bridgefield Bridge to the Beach Bridge


There are 3 webcams installed showing how construction work is progressing:

Drop in sessions

You must make an appointment prior to the meeting due to COVID-19 social distance guidelines.

If you have any questions about the Flood Protection Scheme, you can meet our Community Liaison Officer on the 2nd Thursday of each month at the Villa Coffee Shop, 13 Arbuthnott Place.

Appointments can be made by emailing or calling our Liaison Officer on 07867 193124.

Guided walks programme

The guided walks programme has been suspended at the moment due to COVID-19 social distancing guidelines.

Every first Thursday of the month at 10am we organise guided walks around the site. This gives the public the opportunity to find out more about the construction of the flood protection scheme and get an overview of what is happening at each work zone. As the numbers of a guided walk is limited to 6, booking is required. If you would like to go on a guided walk please contact us. 

If you would like to view a site map for the guided walks you can do so by viewing our guided walks programme flyer (pdf 526KB). If you would like to keep up to date with news from guided walks you can view our guided walk reports.

Current road closures and restrictions

There are some traffic restrictions put in place due to the construction works.

Cameron Street:

Dunnottar Avenue:

Carron Terrace:

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak Carron Terrace is closed to everyone, apart from residents and deliveries. This is to allow the residents to maintain some form of social distancing during this outbreak.

Carron Gardens:


Low Wood Road:

Weekend works

Site activity on non-working weekends has been necessary for essential works as works largely had to cease prior to, during and following flood events. As a result of flood events, scheduled works were delayed which in turn hindered progress and therefore targeted works were undertaken to make up for the impacted areas.

Normal working weekend rotation has resumed, and any activity on non-working weekends would be for essential purposes only.

Please view more information about weekend works.


If you have any queries about this scheme, please contact our community liaison officer Sheila Tolmie: