Ayrshire Shoreline Management Plan
The Ayrshire Shoreline Management Plan (SMP) has been completed by North and South Ayrshire Councils.
It was adopted by North Ayrshire Council on 4 September 2018 and South Ayrshire Council on 18 September 2018.
What is the Ayrshire SMP?
The SMP is a large-scale assessment of the risks associated with coastal tides.
It will help to inform the future management of these risks to land and people by delivering an action plan.
- Prompts land use and policy changes>
- Recommends further studies to allow physical protective measures to take place in the future.
The Ayrshire SMP extends from Skelmorlie to the Galloway Burn, on the north east edge of Loch Ryan. The islands of Arran and Great Cumbrae are included.
Find out more
Copies of the SMP and associated Strategic Environmental Statement (SEA) Environmental Report and SEA Statement can be viewed online
Alternatively these documents will be available to view free of charge at
South Ayrshire Council
Burns Statue Square
Monday to Thursday 8:45am - 4:45pm
Friday 8:45am - 4:00pm
Floodline, in Scotland, is operated by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA). It provides live flooding information and advice on how to prepare for or cope with the impacts of flooding 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The telephone service and website can be accessed by everyone but by registering, you can receive free flood messages for your area of interest direct to your phone.
When you are signed up to Floodline and flooding is forecast in your area, SEPA will send you a message by phone or text, advising that a Flood Warning or Flood Alert has been issued and where to go to find out more about the flooding situation. Receiving advance notice of flooding means that you have time to prepare and reduce the impact of flooding on your life and your property.
Scottish Water is a responsible authority for flood risk management and is working closely with SEPA, local authorities and others to coordinate plans to manage flood risk.
Scottish Water has the public drainage duty and is responsible for foul drainage and the drainage of rainwater run-off from roofs and any paved ground surface from the boundary of properties. Additionally, Scottish Water helps to protect homes from flooding caused by sewers either overflowing or becoming blocked. Scottish Water is not responsible for private pipework or guttering within the property boundary.
Scotlands Dynamic Coast
The National Coastal Change Assessment (NCCA) aims to create a shared evidence base to support more sustainable coastal and terrestrial planning decisions in the light of a changing climate.