An investment project worth over £2million to help tackle sewer flooding in Prestwick has been successfully completed.

The increased capacity, which has been built into the local combined sewer network, means that the flood risk in this area has substantially reduced.

The project involved the installation of a storm tank in Brandon Gardens. At around 40 metres by 10 metres in size, the tank is now helping to provide extra storage capacity during times of heavy rainfall.

Approximately 135 metres of upsized combined sewer pipe was also installed in phases along St Nicholas Road.

Speaking about the project, Georgina Reid, Scottish Water’s corporate affairs manager for the west area, said: “Sewer flooding can cause a lot of distress and upheaval for people so we’re delighted that the work here has been successfully completed.

“It’s great news as it means that a number of residents in the Brandon Gardens and St Nicholas Road areas who have previously been affected by sewer flooding will now benefit from added protection against flooding.”

She continued: “Once again we’d like to thank the local residents for their patience and understanding during these works. Working in such close proximity to people’s homes meant that some amount of disruption was unavoidable.

“However, the project team did a great job of working with them to help minimise any disruption. We’re sure the local residents will agree that it was worth it for the desired long-term benefits.”

Ayr MSP Siobhian Brown added: “This is a significant investment in the Prestwick area and a positive step for residents who’ve experienced sewer flooding over the years. It causes a great deal of distress for householders and it also has a detrimental effect on the local environment.

“This work should significantly reduce the risk of future sewer flooding and I welcome that.”