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Floods: Worcestershire

Volume 463: debated on Wednesday 12 September 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what assistance has been given to rural communities in Worcestershire to assist them following the July floods, with particular reference to support for (a) Worcestershire County Cricket Club and (b) Evesham Rowing; and what arrangements have been made to help Worcestershire's farming community. (155054)

[holding answer 10 September 2007]: I have been asked to reply.

In total £1,349,500 in Flood Recovery Grant, paid by the Department for Communities and Local Government to support flood affected communities, has been awarded to the district councils in Worcestershire county council. The details of these payments are set out as follows:

£

District council

Original FRG Round 1 13 July 2007

Original FRG Round 2 20 July 2007

Extended FRG Round 116 August 2007

Extended FRG Round 2 24 August 2007

Total

Bromsgrove

0

0

20,000

3,000

23,000

Malvern Hills

50,000

10,000

200,000

50,000

310,000

Redditch

0

0

11,500

11,500

23,000

Worcester

0

0

50,000

10,000

60,000

Wychavon

0

0

600,000

23,500

623,500

Wyre Forest

100,000

0

160,000

50,000

310,000

Total

150,000

10,000

1,041,500

148,000

1,349,500

The regional development agency with responsibility for Worcestershire—Advantage West Midlands (AWM)—has a general £2 million flooding recovery package and has also established a £1 million flooded areas recovery programme to assist the recovery of particularly badly flooded areas. Worcestershire has been allocated £600,000 of capital funds for infrastructure repairs under this scheme.

AWM are supporting businesses, including farmers, affected by flooding through Business Link West Midlands, with a team of more than 40 advisers offering up to five days of free business advice to help restart the estimated 1,000-plus flood-hit businesses in the region. Business Link may be able to offer up to £2,500 worth of subsidised consultancy to help companies devise a flood recovery plan.

Additionally, a flood recovery loan for companies that have carried out recovery plans has been set up, offering loans of up to £20,000 over two years where companies are unable to get all of the finance they need from their own and mainstream commercial sources.

In term of the specific projects mentioned:

AWM have been in contact with Worcestershire Cricket Club over sponsorship and marketing support for events planned to raise income for the club.

A project is being developed with Evesham Riverside to restore the overall attractiveness of the area and to remove debris to open up the navigation of the river so that boats can start to reuse it.