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Scarborough Council Still Feeling Effects Of Tidal Surge

Scarborough Council Still Feeling Effects Of Tidal Surge

Published by the Yorkshire Coast Radio News Team at 6:02am 28th September 2017.

Scarborough Borough Council is still feeling the cost of the tidal surge that struck at the beginning of this year.

In January, the Yorkshire Coast suffered a tidal surge, which caused widespread damage to businesses and properties. 

The Borough Council incurred £200,000 of expenditure to help repair the damaged infrastructure with the hope of reclaiming some of that money in what's known as a Bellwin Scheme. 

This is where the government reimburses local authorities for costs incurred on or in connection with their immediate actions to safeguard life and property or prevent suffering or severe inconvenience as a result of a disaster or emergency in their area. 

The Borough Council believed that that would be the case for the tidal surge at the beginning of the new year, apart from a sum of £40,000 of its own money. 

However, there has still be no word from the government whether or not this will be the case. 

Nick Edwards is from the borough council, he said:

"By the government supporting the Bellwin Scheme, it gives us the confidence to incur those costs to help the community. 

This puts a dampener on the whole thing, but as a council we're still here to help the community. 

We will still do the repair works that are needed, but we'll have to carefully consider the financial impact of doing them. 

It could hinder us helping in the future. We are here to help our communities because that's what the council's here for. 

But we're really asking and urging  the government to support us financially with this case. 

It was an isolated case that hit the east coast, and it seems as if we've  been a little bit let down in terms of the grant funding that should come through from the Bellwin Scheme because, the council's acted in good faith to repair the infrastructure."

And you can hear more of what Nick had to say here:

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