£2m up for grabs for flood-affected tourism businesses

DEVESTATING SCENE: The floods which hit in December struck a number of Skegness businesses.
DEVESTATING SCENE: The floods which hit in December struck a number of Skegness businesses.
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The goverment has made £2 million available to support tourism businesses affecated by the flooding which hit in December.

Council chiefs are now trying to find out what those in Skegness can claim for.

Skegness MP Mark Simmonds said: “This year had a challenging start with the aftermath of the December floods affecting so many of my constituents. The priority locally has been ensuring that residents and business owners are given the support they need to return to normal as quickly as possible. As well as working hard to ensure that central government understand the needs of my constituents and are taking the necessary steps to alleviate the challenges they are facing, I have also been mindful that the strong tourism industry that exists in Skegness is not jeopardised.”

Information about the fund can be found at the Visit England website. In addition, businesses affected by the December floods can take advantage of measures introduced by central government dedicated to helping businesses get back on their feet. These include repair and renewal grants of up to £5,000 to homeowners and businesses to improve the ability of their properties to withstand future flooding, a business support scheme worth up to £10 million which is available to those who were flooded and those who were not but had trade affected by it, and flooded businesses will qualify for 100 per cent business rate relief for three months regardless of how long they are flooded.

Mr Simmonds has invited constituents to contact his office for more information.

An East Lindsey District Council spokesman said: “We are in the process of digesting the information to the flooding late last year and earlier this year. We are currently working through the various schemes and will be writing directly to all those residents and businesess known to have flooded. We also promote the schemes wider in case other people have been affected who haven’t already come forward.”