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Water of Leith Flood Prevention Scheme: Second phase approved

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Funding has been approved for the second phase of a flood protection scheme in Edinburgh.

The city council said the Water of Leith Flood Prevention Scheme should help to protect hundreds of properties in vulnerable areas.

Work, costing £25.241m, in Murrayfield and Roseburn is due to start in Autumn next year.

It follows the first phase at Veitches Square, Stockbridge, Warriston, St Mark's Park and Bonnington.

The available capital budget for the second phase was £20.539m, leaving a shortfall of £4.702m. However, Edinburgh City Council has now agreed to fund the shortfall.

Lesley Hinds, Edinburgh city council's environment convener, said: "It's fantastic news that we can now proceed with the next stage of this hugely important project, which will safeguard hundreds of properties from flooding in the future.

"We've been working extremely closely with the community and key stakeholders to make sure they were fully involved in the plans from the outset and with reinforced governance and protocols in place, we're confident that phase two will be delivered efficiently and at best value to the taxpayer."

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