Richmondshire District Council

Support for businesses and residents affected by the summer floods has been endorsed by district councillors.

Members of the authority’s Corporate Board last night (November 26) heard that in addition to the Council’s scheme providing discounts on business rates and council tax for the affected communities of Reeth, Grinton, Arkengathrdale and Leyburn, there were also grant schemes available from several sources – including Defra, Two Ridings Foundation and the Local Enterprise Partnership – all of which could help local people and businesses.

And after it was suggested that further flooding assistance was required - at a Full Council meeting in October - a council task group had looked at whether additional bespoke grants are needed and if other areas of financial loss are not covered. However, group members agreed that this was not the case as flooding risks could either be covered by insurance or by the existing grant schemes.

Officers were asked to continue to help communities to develop emergency plans and to assist businesses with their business continuity planning. As part of that work officers will continue to monitor whether there are any areas of financial loss not covered either by insurance or grant schemes.

“Flooding is uppermost in our thoughts – especially for the people affected this summer,” said Council Leader, Councillor Angie Dale.

“If there is genuinely an area that Richmondshire District Council isn’t covering in terms of flood relief we will look again – but currently we believe the measures we have in place provide resilience.”

She said that officers will continue to develop emergency plans with local communities and businesses and signpost them to help and agencies.

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