Flooded households claim for mitigating measures
Press Release: 23/10/2014
Grants awarded under the Government’s Flooding Repair and Renewal Grant scheme managed by Winchester City Council are having a significant impact on reducing the hardship experienced by local residents after the severe flooding in January this year.
Of the 65 applications received so far 39 grants worth around £98,000 in total have been awarded. Just two applications have been rejected.
The scheme was promoted widely between April and June, including flood clinics in the worst-affected places and home-visits in Hambledon to people unable to attend clinics.
The number of applications is in line with the estimate of need before the scheme opened.
Cllr Victoria Weston, Deputy Leader of Winchester City Council, said:
This is a very positive outcome for flood-affected Winchester. A number of teams across the City Council including the Business Support Team, Building Control, Landscape & Open Spaces (Drainage Engineers), Finance, Policy, Engineering & Transport and Council Tax, co-ordinated by our Assistant Director Environment, have pulled together to provide this essential service. None of the work was outsourced. It has involved significant staff resources in terms of time and I congratulate all those involved on an excellent team effort.
Although it is anticipated that the bulk of applications have been made by now, claims are still being considered by the Council. Any further applications should be made as soon as possible.
Further information can be found at: http://www.winchester.gov.uk/environment/flood-recovery/repair-amp-renew-grant-date-october-2014 .