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S5W-02748: Iain Gray (East Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 14 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how many non-licensed weirs there are on the River Tyne in East Lothian; what action the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) is taking to ensure that that these become licensed in accordance with the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011; when it expects this task to be completed, and what information it has regarding other man-made obstructions on the river.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 27 September 2016

There are also three weirs on the River Tyne that are properly authorised under the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011. Of these, only Sandy Mills weir is considered impassable to fish. SEPA will be working with the owner of that weir to ensure fish passage is provided.

The Knowes weir is one of those scheduled for improvement by 2021.

SEPA is aware of six unlicensed weirs on the River Tyne catchment in East Lothian. These redundant weirs were once used to supply water to mills; the industry associated with them has long since gone and current ownership of them is unclear. SEPA is currently undertaking investigations to establish ownership of the weirs. Once ownership has been established, action will be taken to ensure that the weirs are properly authorised in accordance with the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 and that fish passage is provided. These redundant weirs on the River Tyne have been prioritised for action by 2021.