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Time is running out to apply for the flood resilience grant

9 February 2017

Time is running out for residents and business owners to claim grant money designed to help make their property more resilient to flooding.

The Property Level Resilience Grants are available to all residential and business property owners where flood water entered their building between either 3-11 December 2015 or 24-28 December 2015.

Those eligible can get up to £5,000 to help pay for measures which will make their property more resistant to flooding, or make it quicker to clean-up and return to the property if it floods. This can include flood gates, valves and other measures. Residential property owners may also be eligible for a further £2,000 from Cumbria Community Foundation.

The deadline for applications is 31 March 2017. So far the Council has received over 900 applications and paid out more than £1.6m in grants. In total some 55% of those eligible for the grant have applied.

Neighbours can also group applications if they want to pay for a resilience scheme which covers a number of properties.

Phil Tibble, Executive member with responsibility for emergency planning, said: “Thankfully the weather has been kind to us this winter and we haven’t seen a repeat of the flooding in 2015. However, it is always best to be prepared as much as possible, so I’d encourage everyone who hasn’t applied to do so immediately before the deadline passes. There’s also the possibility that something unexpected turns up or a delay in the process, so the quicker people act the better.”

To apply for the grant, residents should go to Allerdale Borough Council’s website at www.allerdale.gov.uk/floodadvice and download the application form; ring the Council on 0303 123 1702; or visit one of their contact centres in Workington, Cockermouth, Keswick, Maryport or Wigton.

Property owners can also visit one of the advice centres set up by the Business Emergency Resilience Group (BERG) which offer free advice and support. The unit in Allerdale is located at Office 3, 1st Floor Barclays Bank, Market Square, Keswick. Staff are on hand to offer advice and assistance to help them apply for the grant and get the most appropriate measures installed in their property.

Applicants can also source a survey, products and building work themselves. More information can be found on the Council’s website including a list of approved surveyors. All applications are independently assessed by the Council to ensure they are proposing the most appropriate measures and the customer is getting best value and will get the maximum benefit from the money available.

Anyone thinking of installing flood resistance measures should contact the Council to get advice on planning and building control requirements.  Planning permission is required for most external measures and listed building consent is likely to be required for all measures on a listed property. The Council is keen to ensure measures not only protect against flooding, but they also maintain the attractiveness of our towns and villages for everyone’s benefit.

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Notes

  1. For more information contact 01900 702526, corp.comms@allerdale.gov.uk
  2. The Council has worked with Cumbria County Council to produce a video promoting the grants with the help of Sue Cashmore from the Cockermouth Flood Action Group. The video is available on the Council’s website at: http://www.allerdale.gov.uk/default.aspx?Page=2221 .
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