Finlay Carson MSP

Galloway and West Dumfries

Carson questions cabinet secretary over lack of flood prevention works in Newton Stewart

FMQ 90217


During an exchange today in the Debating Chamber at Scottish Parliament, Galloway and West Dumfries MSP Finlay Carson questioned the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Roseanna Cunningham, regarding the lack of flood prevention works in Newton Stewart.

Finlay Carson said: “In the winter of 2015 the First Minister visited Newton Stewart following severe flooding.  Later she committed to help protect individuals, businesses and communities from the danger of flooding.

“It is only now through the incredible resilience and determination of the community that the main street is returning to normal, and they deserve to be commended and recognised for that.

Continuing, Finlay Carson said:  “4 years on, and no flood prevention measures are in place,” he pressed for assurances that the Scottish Government are going to deliver on the First Minister’s commitment to the people of Newton Stewart.

Finlay Carson said:  “The Cabinet Secretary’s response is quite remarkable!  The SNP Government may have, in her words “spent more and done more!’  Well, once again the South of Scotland has been forgotten and ignored, because there certainly has not been anything delivered in Newton Stewart.

I am disappointed that the Cabinet Secretary failed to give a commitment to deliver on the First Minister’s promise.”