Nottingham City Council has been awarded a £230,000 grant for residents in up to 46 homes throughout the city to increase protection against property level flooding.
The grant will be entirely funded by the Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), through Flood Defence Grant in Aid (FDGiA) following bids submitted by Nottingham City Council.
The areas that will benefit from the grant include; Berridge, Bestwood, Bilborough, Bulwell, Bulwell Forest, Leen Valley, Mapperley and Sherwood. The £230,000 grant comes as a result of over a hundred homes in these areas suffered internal damage following a heavy storm in July 2013.
The grant will fund a project to install flood defence systems such as; fitting demountable flood boards, flood resistant doors, “smart” air bricks and non-return valves on the drains.
The planned improvements are to take place not only in council owned properties but also in privately owned homes. Once completed, Nottingham City Council will manage the maintenance of the defence systems at council owned properties to ensure that the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy, which was approved by Full Council in March 2015, is supported.
The £230,000 spend is the second of two instalments to help people in Nottingham tackle the devastation flooding can cause to both homes and the householder themselves. All ward Councillors in the affected areas have been notified of the scheme.
Councillor Jane Urquhart, Portfolio holder for Planning and Housing said: “The funding that has been granted to these eight wards is warmly welcomed. This is a significant amount of money and it is going to be well spent on improving the defences of homes that are most at risk from flooding. Nottingham City Council is committed to maintaining the Local Flood Risk Management Strategy and we are happy to be helping those most in need.”