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Rochford Residents Invited to Apply for Flood Protection Grant

21/09/2017

Rochford District resident’s affect by flooding are being offered grants by Essex County Council to help prevent their properties from future flooding.

Essex County Council has received a £100,000 boost from the Environment Agency to protect Essex homes from flooding. This is in addition to £145,000 already in the pot, bringing the total now available to £245,000.

The council’s Essex Flood and Water Management team has run the Property Level Protection (PLP) scheme successfully since 2015. This scheme offers a £5,000 grant to homeowners whose homes have flooded previously, with the money tailored to individual homes to make them more resilient to flooding.

Successful applicants have their properties surveyed and receive a consultation with the flood product suppliers. They recommend necessary products such as waterproof airbricks, flood doors, flood barriers, waterproof brickwork liner, pumps and more. If the cost is in excess of £5,000 the homeowner is asked to contribute.

Rochford District Council’s Chair of the district’s Flood Forum, Cllr Mike Steptoe said: “I encourage all of our Residents whose homes have been adversely affected by flooding to apply for these grants. This extra funding will ensure that they have that personal extra protection and re-assurance over and above the improvements that Rochford District Council has already achieved”.

In the last financial year (2016/17) the scheme protected 71 homes from flooding. This year (2017/18) it’s expected to provide protection for at least another 100 homes

As well as the £100,000 from the Environment Agency, the scheme has already received £145,000 of external funding, given to us last year (2016/17) from the Environment Agency and Anglian Water, and is expected to secure a further  £100,000 from the Environment Agency later this year.

This scheme is a practical solution to flooding that benefits residents across the county in both urban and rural areas. This is because, unlike large scale flood prevention schemes, it’s cost-effective where only single properties have been flooded.

Residents who have suffered internal property flooding and have not since protected their homes can visit our website -http://flood.essex.gov.uk/get-a-flood- grant/property-level-protection-grant-for-homes/apply-for-a-plp-grant/, watch our video - https://youtu.be/hmjUN_psN2w - or call 0844 798 1261 to find out more about grants available.

The next meeting of the Rochford District Council Flood Forum in taking place on 2 October, 10am at the Civic Suite, Rayleigh. This is a public meeting and we welcome resident attendance.


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