Please note this consultation is now closed

North Ayrshire Council is developing the Millport Coastal Flood Protection Scheme with close community involvement.

The Millport Coastal FPS has reached the major milestone of  Scheme Notification which involves public consultation and approval by the Scottish Government.

As part of the approval process for flood protection schemes under the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Act 2009, the proposed scheme has been notified and the scheme documents published.  This is to enable Millport residents, local businesses, landowners and statutory organisations (SEPA, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), Scottish Water) to comment on the scheme design.

Notification of the start of the FPS process has been given to owners, tenants and occupiers of land needed for the scheme. The notice has also been published in the Edinburgh Gazette, the local newspaper and as public notices.

The scheme documents include:

  • A description of the construction works (Scheme Operations)
  • Scheme Notification Drawings
  • The Environmental Statement for the proposed scheme

All documents are accessible from the NAC Flooding website via the following link:

The scheme documents are available to view at Millport Library in Garrison House, and at  Cunninghame House, Irvine.

Anyone has the right to object or make representations to the published proposals, within 28 days of the date of publication of the scheme notification
in the local newspaper.  Objections can be made by writing to:

Flood Risk Management Team

North Ayrshire Council,

Cunninghame House,

KA12 8EE

For the Millport Coastal FPS to progress, it will require community support.  Any formal objections to the scheme during the statutory consultation process could result in significant delays to the delivery of the scheme and could prevent the scheme from being approved by Scottish Government, thereby losing the investment opportunity provided by the scheme.

Environmental Statement

The findings of the environmental impact assessment have been set out in an Environmental Statement, which is publicly available alongside the other scheme documents, on the North Ayrshire Council Flooding website and as a printed copy at Millport Library and North Ayrshire Council’s offices.

The Environmental Statement considers the following topics and includes a non-technical summary of all chapters: (All documents are accessible from the NAC Flooding website via the following link:

  1. Introduction
  2. Policy & Legislation
  3. EIA Methodology and Consultation
  4. Site Selection and Assessment of Alternatives
  5. Project Description
  6. Marine Geology, Oceanography & Physical Processes
  7. Marine Water & Sediment Quality
  8. Benthic & Intertidal Ecology
  9. Fish & Shellfish Resource
  10. Marine Mammals
  11. Offshore and Coastal Ornithology
  12. Commercial Fisheries
  13. Commercial & Recreational Navigation
  14. Infrastructure & Utilities
  15. Archaeology & Cultural Heritage
  16. Terrestrial Ecology
  17. Ground Conditions & Contamination
  18. Water Resources & Flood Risk
  19. Noise & Vibration
  20. Traffic & Transport
  21. Air Quality
  22. Seascape, Landscape & Visual Impact
  23. Tourism & Recreation

The expected timescale for progressing the scheme can be viewed here.