Flood Action Group Meeting – Presentation – 19.01.16
Following the Flood Action Group meeting hosted by Clitheroe based Flood Crisis Volunteer Coordinator Katei Blezard and supported by the Whalley & District Lions Club at the Whalley Primary School on the 19th January 2016.
A copy of the meetings presentation is available to download. To view please click the image below:
Also please find on the links below two Grant Applications Forms as follows:
Whalley & Ditrict Lions have been fund raising following the floods to support our local communities in and around Whalley & Billington.Emergency grants for individuals and families are available
Grants may be made for charitable purposes to relieve hardship in Whalley & District caused directly or indirectly by the storm and flooding in December 2015.
Funded donations from individuals, businesses, charitable trusts and funds from Whalley & District Lions Club.
Who can apply?
Individuals or families who are suffering significant damage to property or possessions. We can provide support for the following (this is not an exhaustive list):
• heating and heating equipment
• child care equipment
• basic furniture
• essential white goods such as cookers, fridges, freezers and washers
The Household Flood Resilience Grant Scheme administered by Ribble Valley Borough Council allows for a maximum grant of £5,000 (including VAT) to be applied for to allow householders to apply flood resistance measures to their property. More information about this can be obtained via www.ribblevalley.gov.uk and www.nationalfloodforum.org.uk/property-level-protection-community-tool/
IMMEDIATE EMERGENCY COUNCIL HELPLINE – Tuesday 29th/ Wednesday 30th December
If you need urgent emergency assistance relating to the Whalley / Billington floods please contact RVBC Helpline on:
01200 429973 or 01200 414423
WHALLEY FLOOD RECOVERY CENTRE – WHALLEY VILLAGE HALL
Please note from 10am to 6pm you can contact the village hall and speak to a Whalley & District Lion coordinator. If you need assistance, or wish to donate goods or food we are happy to assit.
Either visit the village hall or call 0845 388 1031
WHALLEY & DISTRICT LIONS FLOOD SUPPORT VOLUNTEERS
Members/Friends of Whalley Lions are meeting at 10am 27th December 2015 on Whalley Spar car park to help those affected by the floods in Whalley/Billington to continue with the clean up. Any help welcome – even if it’s only for an hour.
Donations of cleaning products (mops/buckets etc) would be great also if you need cleaning products, blankets, water, sleeping bags please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you need help, or visit the Village Hall to speak to our support team.
If you need help we can give you links to grants, information for Whalley Lions Flood Fund and other grants please come to Whalley Village Hall from 10.30am in the morning.
WHAT SUPPORT IS THERE?
Council workers are working hard to ensure minimal disruption to services following the Boxing Day floods.
Refuse collection and other key services will continue as normal despite the unsettled weather.
Ribble Valley Borough Council has provided skips in Whalley and Ribchester for residents to dispose of flood-damaged goods.
The skips are situated in King Street, Queen Street, Woodfield View and Princess Street in Whalley and Greenside and the Ribchester Arms car park in Ribchester.
Ribble Valley Borough Council chief executive Marshal Scott said: “The floods have been devastating for many of our residents and businesses and we are working with community groups in the clear up operation.
“I would like to thank community groups, volunteers and council staff for their help on the ground in assisting with the recovery operation.”
The Government is expected to announce financial aid for residents and businesses affected by the floods and further details will be available shortly.
Ribble Valley may experience further spells of unsettled weather and heavy rain over the coming days and residents are advised to keep abreast of flood warnings.
Up-to-date information is available from Floodline on 0345 988 1188 or the Environment Agency.
Communication Regards This Weekend Floods in Whalley Village
Following this weekends floods, the Whalley Chamber of Trade wish to offer sympathy and support to all those business affected. As a business community hosting the Christmas Shopping Experience this Saturday, the turn in the weather conditions and the breach of the culvert at the north end of King Street, was not what our traders and customers had hoped for.
As a business community the Whalley Chamber of Trade are here to support all of you affected this weekend by the floods. Since the events, communications have been made between the traders effected thanks to Joyce Holgate, and with the local authorities. The effect Saturdays flooding in Whalley has on the community is very important. The feedback on Sunday from the business affected was of shock and at how quick events folded on Saturday. Also a high street representative for issues like this was lacking and this is something that has been asked to be addressed.
The Chief Executive of the RVBC had contacted the County Council, as events unfolded on Saturday to clear the blockage. This was too late but witness reports of a sterling effort by Jon Smith from Whalley Warm and Dry, who attempted to clear the branches and blockage to the culvert near his business.
As we have seen in the news, the weather in the last week in our region has impacted on many communities in North Lancashire and Cumbria. Following these events support from the local authorities and charities such as “Community Foundation in Lancashire” and its Flood Recovery Fund Appeal have been put into action, creating a dedicated website, and information portal for those affected and those wishing to support the appeal. I can confirm that the government has been contacted on behalf of Whalley, who are setting up a task force to deal with the flooding, and to see what help there is for the victims of the recent floods in our village. Further information on this will be distributed when we have further feedback.
The borough council has been asked to assist on the clear-up, and arrangements have been made for carpets etc that has been thrown outside business premises and houses to be collected. Representatives from RVBC John Harper (Director of Community Services) and Adrian Harper (Head of Engineering Services) are to meet with Jon Smith and Terry Hill (Councillor Whalley Ward) to discuss the age old problem of the culvert in question.
The Whalley Chamber of Trade wishes to arrange a meeting inn the New Year to discuss the issues faced this weekend, and look at solutions regards communications between the business community locally and contingency plans in the future. We will keep you posted and distribute a date and venue for such a meeting in due course.
In the meantime we wish to give our members a voice regards your local experiences. We are happy to dedicate a section of the Visit Whalley Website to the floods. If you have a story to tell please share this with us, and we will post it on the website. Any updates on support and funding will also be added, to enable all those effected to gain the support they need.
Visit Whalley is your website, and for the whole community, be it commercially, residentially or for tourism. Please use this resource to communicate to your customers. Trade is an important part of the Whalley community and the success of the village as a whole. By showcasing your business, your Christmas shopping opening times, and letting your customers know your still open for business, is vital to your commercial success during this festive season.