Residents in a flood-hit community have called on Aberdeenshire Council to protect their homes.
Aberdeenshire Council has identified Aboyne as a “potentially vulnerable area” for flooding, and research will be carried out during the 2022-27 flood study cycle to determine how best to protect the area from dangerously high water levels.
At Marr area committee yesterday, local councillor Paul Gibb raised the issue of surface water flooding within the Castle Park area in the north of the village.
On January 7 2016, in the aftermath of Storm Frank, the area flooded close to the junction of the B9094 Aboyne to Tarland road and Marquis Drive.
Although no internal flooding in homes took place, several gardens were left underwater, and both of the roads were impassable.
It was established that the source of the flooding was a nearby culvert under the B9094, which restricted the flow of a nearby watercourse, and yesterday councillors discussed the prospect of addressing the issues at the culvert before it caused more trouble.
However, concerns were raised that fixing flooding in the Castle Park area without first considering the potential impact to the rest of Aboyne could cause additional havoc downstream.
A further report was requested of officers on the issue, but yesterday residents who attended the committee meeting said a solution must be found soon.
One man who lives in the Castle Park area said: “I think the biggest frustration most people have is the timescale.
“We’ve had report after report after report, so we know there is definitely an issue.
“We know there’s an issue in the centre of Aboyne itself such as on Low Road, and there’s an issue in Castle Park.
“There obviously needs to be an overall strategy for Aboyne itself.”