The Chief Executive of BDC sends this update on actions that took place last week, following the floods, to support residents across the District.
Our Street Cleaners, Grounds Maintenance, Chargehands and Parks Teams have been running crews, skips and vans on rotation across Bassetlaw. We have collected flood damaged items from Worksop, Shireoaks, Retford and Everton. We have provided skips for Shireoaks, Grove Lane Retford and Worksop, in addition to those on hire from Worksop Skip Company. Van collections have visited areas of Retford including Darrel Road and Blackstope Lane. These collection will continue until we have removed flood damaged items. Currently. We have collected 18 large walk in skip loads of items and approx 35 van loads.
We have also received donations of cleaning supplies and the distribution of these is being co-ordinated by volunteer groups, Red Cross and local churches and the food bank.
The County Council launched a Hardship fund, offering £120 for residents and £300 for businesses with up to 49 employees. Details here: https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/newsroom/news/nottinghamshire-county-council-announces-support-f Officers have been signposting residents to the county scheme.
The Government has announced £500 for residents and £2500 for businesses. This is being administered by BDC and online applications are already coming in. Details on how to apply and the application form are here: https://www.bassetlaw.gov.uk/flooding-information/flood-recovery-grant/
Flood Appeal – The Council in partnership with BCVS have launched an appeal to assist those affected by the floods across Bassetlaw. https://app.thegoodexchange.com/project/17564/bassetlaw-district-council/bassetlaw-flood-relief-appeal
A number of organisations and business have contacted the council to discuss support and in addition, there will be a flood aid concert at the NNCA in Worksop In December. https://www.bassetlawfloodaid.co.uk/
Practical Support for Business
Our Economic Development Team have been speaking to businesses and partners such as the County Council and Chamber of Commerce to sort a local offer. They have contacted businesses to signpost them to the County and Govt funding.
Housing Support & Community Info Point
Housing and Housing Needs staff have dealt with around 20 cases and have supported the Community Info Points at the Bus Station, Queens Buildings and The Crossing. Customer services and comms have also supported residents with enquiries and signposting to support and services.
Ongoing Flooding Issues
Members may find the following links useful in relation to flood alerts
and This special tool created by GIS to monitor river levels
Members may be aware that the County Council provided Bassetlaw with some sandbags on Thursday. Whilst limited in number we did manage to distribute a number of these along with some aqua packs to the following locations: Misson, Beckingham, Clarborough, Retford, Church Laneham, North & South Wheatley and Scrooby. In addition, Shelly Street and Priorswell Road in Worksop received some from our on call team in response to Thursday evenings flood warning.
A rest centre was in operation with BPL at Worksop Leisure Centre on Thursday 7th and feedback about BPL staff was very positive. Arrangements were also put in place at Worksop and Retford on the 11th and 14th with transport available in case of evacuations.
We have tried to keep residents updated as much as possible and just to give a snapshot, our facebook reach alone since Thursday 7th is 330,000 people.
Policy & Communications Manager