Just water under the bridge?

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GIFFNOCK residents could be relieved of their flooding nightmare thanks to investment by Scottish Water.

However, the frustrated locals will have to wait until mid-2017 for the work to be finalised, despite already putting up with the situation for many years.

Regular flooding has affected more than 100 households who live near Bagabout Burn, beside the junction at Robslee Drive and Treeburn Avenue, for years.

Inadequate sewerage means the area cannot cope with heavy rainfall. This causes considerable distress to residents.

A Scottish Water spokesman said: “Scottish Water fully appreciates the inconvenience that flooding can cause and we have investigated a number of options to tackle the problem in this area.

“Our preferred option is the construction of a large sewer tunnel which would remove the reliance the sewers in Giffnock have on the available capacity downstream in our system.

“This will be part of the £250m, five-year programme of investment to improve the environment and river water quality and tackle flooding in Greater Glasgow that Scottish Water announced on February 25.”

The long waiting time for the job to be completed is said to be because of the “scale and complexity of the work involved”.

West of Scotland MSP Stewart Maxwell nonetheless welcomes the news.

The SNP man told The Extra: “It’s disappointing that work on the project isn’t expected to be completed for four years at the earliest.

However, I am pleased Scottish Water has listened to the concerns of local residents and promised to put in place a solution to help households.

“Several constituents have contacted me about the disruption and damage to property.

“These flooding problems have been going on for too long now, and I will be urging Scottish Water to do all it can to ensure there are no further delays to the project.”

Work cannot begin on the site till after 2014 because of a contruction embargo associated with the Commonwealth games.