Grants available to help victims of flooding protect their properties

Flood scene on the Promenade at Whitley Bay.
Flood scene on the Promenade at Whitley Bay.
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Funding is being made available to help residents or businesses that have been affected by flooding.

The national Repair and Renew scheme provides grants of up to £5,000 to help people make their properties more resilient to flooding – and its eligibility criteria has now been extended.

North Tyneside Council is urging people to apply, with those who had suffered flooding from April 1, 2013, to March 31, 2014 – previously December 2013 and March 2014 – eligible to apply.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “Flooding is absolutely devastating for people affected by it, whether it’s their home or their business.

“The council and its partners are working extremely hard to minimise the risk of further flooding and have put different schemes in place across the borough.

“Meanwhile, we very much welcome the extension of this grant because it will help those people whose properties were flooded during the dreadful weather we experienced in August 2013.”

The national grant can be used to help with the cost of buying and installing new protection measures to minimise the chance of flooding in the first place, or limit the damage should flooding occur.

People may be eligible to apply even if they have already fitted new measures.

The grant can be used for things like a new driveway barrier or replacing doors and windows with water resistant alternatives, or moving electricity sockets to a safer level.

For more information or for an application form, call (0191) 643 7414 or email Sarah.Clennell@northtyneside.gov.uk

Application forms must be completed and returned to the council by February 27, 2015, and those applying for the grant must be the homeowner or business owner.