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Financial help for flooded businesses

Bridlington Harbour, Jo Ackers back in her office after the recent flood damage. (NBFP PA1412-10b)

Bridlington Harbour, Jo Ackers back in her office after the recent flood damage. (NBFP PA1412-10b)

 

Flood-wrecked businesses can apply for grants of up to £5,000 to foot the bill for work to protect against future flooding.

The Cabinet at East Riding of Yorkshire Council voted on Tuesday 11 March to approve measures to help flood-affected businesses and households in Bridlington and the East Riding.

The council will determine applications under the Government’s Repair and Renew grant scheme, which aims to help people prepare their property for future flooding through providing funding above repair cost covered by insurance.f

Jo Ackers, of the Independent Shellfishermen’s Co-Operative (ISC), had to move her office to a Portakabin following the tidal surge which submerged harbour businesses in Bridlington on Thursday 5 December.

She said: “I have got funds in place when putting the shop back together should anything else happen again.

“If the insurance doesn’t cover it then yes I will look at applying for funding grants. Hopefully they should help just putting things back together.

“I am not sure there is an awful lot we can do about preventing flooding. I had the Harbour Commissioners improve the seals around the doors but with something like that storm surge it just came from everywhere. It was going to find a way in.

“A lot of harbour businesses have been hit very hard and it has been a very difficult time for them. We just muddle on as best we can. We just carried on so that we didn’t lose business.”

The ISC is now back in its office on Gummers Wharf and has taken precautions to protect stock from potential flood damage including marine ply shelving, which will withstand getting wet.

Details of the scheme are still being drafted by the government.

The Cabinet also approved a Government-funded Business Rates Flooding Relief Scheme, relieving 100% of rates for three months along with council tax discounts of 100% for three months for properties meeting specific criteria.

The council has also received an allocation of £182,500 under the Business Support Scheme, for small and medium sized businesses affected by the floods.

Coun Stephen Parnaby OBE, leader of the council, said: “Experiences over the last few months have shown how devastating can be the impact of flooding on residents and businesses.

“The council is alert to the various flood relief schemes and grants announced by the government and we will do all we can to ensure that people and businesses are aware of them and get all the help they can, as quickly as possible when the Government’s scheme is up and running.”

Details of how to apply will be sent to councils in the Bridlington area and will be available online at www.eastriding.gov.uk

 

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