I am angry and perplexed at Government’s refusal to activate the Flood Recovery Framework that could fund emergency grants for affected residents and businesses in Northwich.
This is the second time in 14 months the town has been hit by flooding; many are only just recovering from the 2019 event.
At the height of the latest floods there were 244 homes and 92 businesses affected, with 128 people evacuated, including many elderly and frail members of our community.
Environment Secretary George Eustice MP visited Northwich in the aftermath but despite intense lobbying has refused to stump up any cash for the flooding victims. This is not a good sign given significant infrastructure investment may be required to prevent yet another repetition.
In contrast, the local response has been heartening from borough and town councillors to community crowd-funding initiatives.
And while Government has failed us, Labour colleagues at Cheshire West and Chester Council have stepped into the breach despite being depleted of resources due to Tory cuts and the impact of COVID.