The SNP have said that they are committed to ensuring that proper funding is sought to combat flooding in the Aberfoyle area.
Funding from the Scottish Government is available for large-scale projects such as permanent flood prevention measures. However, it is for local authorities to apply for such investment.
The previous Tory-led administration on Stirling Council made the wrong type of application for Aberfoyle flooding and it was subsequently rejected by assessors.
Commenting, SNP Trossachs and Teith Councillor Evelyn Tweed said:
“Speaking to the community in Aberfoyle, it is clear that the biggest concern is that of the impact flooding has on homes and businesses in the area.
“Over the years, Stirling Council has invested in some measures to combat flooding and protect property – however, the scale of the problem is so large that it will require significant additional funding in order to apply a permanent solution.
“The previous Tory Administration on Stirling Council let the Aberfoyle community down with a botched application for funding. The community cannot afford more carelessness of this nature and it is up to this SNP-led Administration to put right the errors of the past.
“This will not be a quick fix and securing the right type of funding and installing the correct measures will take time – but it is what my SNP colleagues and I are committed to achieving over the lifetime of this Council. People – residents and business owners – in Aberfoyle both need and deserve that level of commitment.”