Statement by Mr Arlen Pardoe
As a St Andrews resident since 1972, having taught at Madras for 32 years and served as Chief Invigilator for a further 7 years, I fully support the need for a new Madras College However, I cannot agree with the proposed site. My concerns submitted were on a range of issues but I can only cover one of these - Flooding.
Properties on the south of St Andrews have historically suffered flooding during periods of high rainfall caused by water run-off from fields further south. Some efforts have been made to mitigate the effects of the water, notably the concrete channels identified in the URS reports but more flooding has been reported by local residents since their installation.
The Kinnesburn is the main watercourse carrying surface water away to the sea. In the last 40 years there have been a number of occasions where it has flooded, as recently as July 2012. This is a combination of surge from upstream of St Andrews and surface water from all over the town. Culverts, including those under Largo and Pipeland Roads, carry water from the site under consideration. SEPA assigned the Kinnessburn to have a status of 'Poor' in 2008.
The URS reports outline how the flooding issues are to be approached and mitigated. A SUDS system is envisaged, with a large attenuation pond and an existing soakaway tank located between the school and the residential properties.
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As a result of these issues the volume of water to be stored will be increased and so the already under-designed system will not cope. Extra expense is involved for any possible improvement.
The suggestion to divert excess to alternative SUDS will not work - there is no planned alternative and the site has no capacity for one.
The potential for flooding of residential properties to the north is increased. The Local Plan requires the precautionary principle to be applied in planning decisions. If the residents to the north suffered flooding then litigation is possible.
There are a number of points raised in the URS reports referring to more investigative work needing to be done to clarify flooding issues. No further information has been forthcoming regarding these matters.
All these issues can be avoided as there is a much
more suitable site at the North Haugh. Any potential flooding does not
affect residential properties.