PM urges flooding victims to use fund

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

Prime Minister David Cameron is urging people hit by flooding in Hucknall to take advantage of a compensation scheme.

A freak storm in July 2013 saw roads blocked and many homes and businesses - particularly on the Thoresby Dale estate - inundated with flood water.

People can claim up to £5,000 per household under Ashfield District Council’s Renew and Repair grant under the DCLG flood grant scheme if their property was ‘significantly flooded’ by adverse weather conditions, any time from 1st April 2013 up to 31st March 2014.

The PM said: “I have talked to Mark Spencer about how Hucknall was hit by floods in 2013 and 2014, including the community in Thoresby Dale.

“I want as many people as possible affected by the floods to take advantage of the compensation package and I know Mark will work closely with the council authorities in Kirkby to ensure that the residents concerned get the support they deserve.

“Mark has campaigned tirelessly on this issue and I’m delighted that, thanks to difficult decisions taken on public spending as part of our long term economic plan, we have been able to put money aside for the Renew and Repair Grant.”

Bill Ward, who lives on Thoresby Dale, is convening a meeting for households this week to discuss the scheme. He explained that the brook overflows into Thoresby Dale’s sewers and then into peoples’ house. He said: “It is so bad the houses want putting on stilts. I don’t think the situation will ever be stopped, but a new pipe under Thoresby Dale and diverting Baker Street Brook will hopefully make things easier. It has been going on since I was a child.”