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Businesses welcome post-flood help for Boston

Aftermath of floods in Boston caused by a tidal surge.
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Aftermath of floods in Boston caused by a tidal surge. Wormgate. ENGEMN00120130912123116 ENGEMN00120130912123116

Businesses have welcomed the news that the Government could hand out more than £4 million to Boston to help those affected by flooding.

Businesses have welcomed the news that the Government could hand out more than £4 million to Boston to help those affected by flooding.

Boston Borough Council is drawing up a plan to hand out the funding and firms are keen to stress the town is ‘open for business’.

The owners of both Voodoo Body Piercing and Tattoo and Nevermind the Music Store on Church Street, Boston, will be looking into claiming as will Wormgate pet shop Out of the Cage owner Chris Gregg, who added: “ There’s a larger cost to the flood than people think such as waste recovery etc.”

Firms and residents will also be able to get up to £5,000 per property affected to help pay for work to help make them ‘flood resilient’.

Cake Lady owner Rebecca Callow welcomed the chance to get some support, adding she had only been able to open after three months because of the good will and favours of other people.

Boston Mayor Coun Paul Kenny told The Standard he hopes residents who had no contents insurance – thought to be about half of those affected – still get help.

He said: “I am delighted that the Government has respnded to Boston. One of the things I am concerned about is that everybody who is entitled gets the full amount.”

A recent report by the Lincolnshire Resilience Forum suggests the flood caused £8.1million damage to infratructure in the county.

Robert Hempsall, owner of the China Cabinet and Mannings Leather Goods, said he has a ‘horrible feeling’ that some people may be staying away from Boston because of the flood, adding: “We work in a resilient industry and it was soon back to business as usual. But I have a horrible feeling that it may be the case that some people may be staying away having heard about the flood.

“The message is that we are not in a Somerset situation – they won’t need to come wearing waders. Outwardly there are no signs now of the flood. My shop has had its flooring removed and we are down to the concrete floor and some customers have remarked on the missing flood-damaged carpet, but otherwise they would never know there had been a flood.

“It was difficult for us as the flood came at our peak trading period and I was closed for just over two weeks. Our lost stock ran to 37 foolscap pages, but I cannot speak highly enough of the support we received from our insurers, NFU Mutual.

“We recovered some of our Christmas trade because we were able to open again as soon as we could. It is more important now, because of the damaging flood, that people support local businesses.”

Lincolnshire County Council has teamed up with national tourist board VisitEngland to provide three advice sessions to help protect the area’s vital £1.1bn visitor economy. The free sessions are being held at Boston’s Elms Farm Cottages tomorrow (Thursday), Skegness’s Southview Park Hotel on Friday, March 28, and Lincoln’s White Hart Hotel on Monday, March 31.

Expert speakers will offer practical guidance on planning for and recovering from problems, minimising their impact and helping businesses to survive the strain of a critical incident.

There is an online booking facility for businesses to book on to the workshops on the VisitLincolnshire website.

Businesses can book a place by contacting marketing and management specialists LomaxHyde on 07970 040319, email ruth@lomaxhyde.co.uk or book online at www.visitlincolnshire.com/weathering-the-storm.aspx

Carol Emerson, at Elms Farm Cottages, which will be hosting the Thursday event for Boston, said: “People may think ‘There was a flood in Boston, perhaps we won’t go there for Easter’.

“Outwardly they would not now know there had ever been a flood. The area has recovered from it really well. I think the message to get out it that Lincolnshire has a lot to offer and people should try something different and come and visit us.”

 

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