£282k to plug Wiltshire flood damage

The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald: Owen Paterson, MP Secretary of State for environment, food and rural affairs during his visit with council leader Jane Scott and Jonathan Seed Owen Paterson, MP Secretary of State for environment, food and rural affairs during his visit with council leader Jane Scott and Jonathan Seed

The Environment Agency has given £282,000 to Wiltshire Council for emergency repairs at six places across after the county, after it battled against the elements over Christmas and the New Year.

Repairs are currently under way in Bath Road, Bradford on Avon, and Portway Lane in Warminster, which need to be finished by September.

Other areas due for repairs include Berwick St John, Barford St Martin, Beanacre and Tilshead, which are all expected to be completed on time.

The grant was followed a a visit to Wiltshire last week by Owen Paterson, MP Secretary of State for environment, food and rural affairs, to re-affirm the government’s support for Wiltshire Council and its partners in tackling flooding in the county.

Jonathon Seed, cabinet member with responsibility for flood alleviation, said cantral government was aware of Wiltshire’s flooding problems and was helping to solve them.

He said: “The involvement by the Secretary of State at a working level has greatly helped our own involvement with agencies in our flood alleviation work and is really making things happen.”

Wiltshire Council is providing £1m, from its Capital Fund Budget, for 2014/15 drainage schemes.

Investigations involving CCTV surveys, assessments by consultants, and surveys are under way at places including Great Bedwyn, Bishopstrow, Tilshead, Fovant, Avebury and Dilton Marsh.

Cllr Seed said: “Wiltshire was one of the hardest hit areas. This affects people’s lives for months after, not just after the water has gone.

“We hope this will reassure residents we are doing all we can do to address our flooding issues.”

He urged people affected by flooding to apply for a Flooding Repair and Renew grant – a one-off grant of up to £5,000 to homeowners and businesses whose properties were flooded between December 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.

He said that 32 properties out of 500 had applied for the grant, which is intended only to pay for measures which improve a property’s resistance to flooding.

To apply visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk

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