Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie has welcomed tougher measures, put forward by Labour MSPs to protect individuals and communities, which will now be included in the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill.
Cathy, who Deputy Convener of the Transport Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee, said
“Flooding has been a particular problem in several parts of my constituency. It is extremely distressing for people when their homes or businesses are flooded. With Climate Change, the problems are likely to get worse unless we take decisive action.
“We must make sure that robust measures are in place to ensure that high-risk areas are properly prepared in order to minimise flood damage. So I am pleased that our proposals have been backed by MSPs and will make the Bill stronger.
“Ministers must ensure local authorities and SEPA budgets are up to the job of protecting the public from floods. I am also pleased that the new law will allow for the use of more natural techniques to cope with flooding in towns and cities.”