Repair hopes for flooding victims

Flooding on Thoresby Dale, Hucknall..
Flooding on Thoresby Dale, Hucknall..

Victims of flooding in Hucknall can apply for ‘Repair and Renew’ grants of up to £5,000 if they were affected from April 2013 to the end of that year.

Full details of the schemes will be released shortly and they will be administered by local councils, who will be responsible for advising flood victims.

As many of 400 households in Nottinghamshire could benefit from the new measure, including over 150 in Southwell.

Conservative Sherwood MP Mark Spencer says he highlighted the fact that Nottinghamshire residents just recovering from severe flooding would not receive the same support as those flooded in the south of England at the start of this year.

Mark Spencer MP said: “I’m delighted this long campaign has eventually born fruit, there are a number of residents who live in fear every time it rains, this money will hopefully give them the opportunity to protect their homes and mitigate any future freak weather events.

“I will be pressing our local councils to roll out a scheme so residents can apply as quickly as possible.”

Mr Spencer brought Eric Pickles to meet flood victims in Hucknall and Farnsfield in March and raised the issue in Parliamentary Questions to the Secretary of State Eric Pickles in September and met with the new Environment Secretary, Liz Truss two weeks ago to press the case yet again.

Depending on how many households chose to take up the offer, the scheme provides over £2m of government funding to Nottinghamshire communities.