We welcome the news that the transportation and infrastructure committee of the council
has ‘noted' the recent report on the South Ford Flood Risk Management and Causeway
Hats off to the council's in-house technical services department for including the
option of a new causeway/bridge to the east of the present one. This is a really
There are, though, a number of things in the report which continue to concern the
community. One is the insistence on carrying out a sand-shifting exercise on Gualan
Letter: South Ford causeway
7 March 2017
While this is a recommendation of the hydrodynamic study, the condition which the
survey lays down seems to be conveniently forgotten: "The participation and support
from Storas Uibhist and the local community is seen as being essential in the preparation
of such a scheme."
Neither Storas Uibhist nor the local community has given their approval far less
their participation. We would hope that the council does not repeat the folly of
engaging in major engineering works on the South Ford without the support of the
An urgent concern, not included in the report to the transportation committee, is
the build-up of silt at the Clachan Mòr. The water entering Loch Bee is now a mere
We believe that there needs to be a properly thought - through strategic approach
to the effective management of the South Ford - an approach which is supported by
the council, the community council, Stòras Uibhsit, and the scientific community.
First build the new bridge/causeway. Then see what effect this new structure has
on sand build-up and water flow on the South Ford. Then, if further remedial works
are needed, they can be done.
We call for a public meeting to establish a co-ordinated strategic approach to the
effective management of the South Ford. Let's get the project right and then look
for the money.
The safety and security of our people depends on it.