The funding is to be awarded to Falkirk Council to support construction works which will raise flood defences along the foreshore between Kinniel in the west to Bo'ness harbour and from there to Carriden at the east end of the town. It is estimated that the scheme will reduce the risk of flooding of industrial developments and around 269 residential properties to less than one per cent.
Commenting on the scheme, the Minister said: "This funding will enable Falkirk Council to award the construction contract to take work forward along the foreshore from Kinniel to Carriden. This will help to protect the town centre from the threat of tidal floods. The Scottish Government is committed to protecting vulnerable communities from the threat of flooding, by supporting local authorities' efforts to reduce flood risk."
Bo'ness has a history of tidal flooding from the Forth estuary and a study commissioned by Falkirk Council to assess the risk found that the current defences, where existing, provided protection up to a maximum of a one in five year tidal event. The new scheme will take into account the likely impacts of climate change over the lifetime of the scheme.