Decision Maker: Cabinet
Decision status: For Determination
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The Environment Portfolio Holder introduced the report, which informed Members that, in December 2015, the Prime Minster had announced the roll out of the flood resilience grant up to the value of £5,000 to all householders flooded by Storm Desmond. This had later been opened up to businesses. With limited guidance, clarity and any resources from central government, South Lakeland District Council had had to roll out a grant project, which had continued to evolve and had had the potential value of £12m.
Previous schemes had been administered by South Lakeland District Council, so there was expertise and knowledge lying with those officers who had formed the flood grant team.
The flood grant project had operated over two years, with 1,397 applications having been made, resulting in a total of £3.4m in flood resilience works having been carried out.
Members were being provided an opportunity to comment on the report which reflected on the flood grant project and provided recommendations to Central Government on any future roll outs.
Members of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee, at its meeting on 26 October 2018, had welcomed the report, acknowledged the lessons learnt and commended the work which had been carried out to date in relation to the flood resilience grant process.
The Leader reiterated thanks to those officers involved in the administration of the Flood Resilience Grant Scheme - Councillor Chris Hogg who had been the Mayor of Kendal at the time; former district councillor Sue Sanderson, then Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Environment and People; and the Waste Management Team and Councillor Peter Thornton, then Leader and Promoting South Lakeland Portfolio Holder, who took the decision to collect the flood waste.
The Leader drew attention to the issue of climate change, the damage being caused to the world by greenhouse gases and a recent Met Office report highlighting increasing rainfall. He stressed the need for the Council to be aware of its responsibility to help in mitigating the devastating effects.
Councillor Chris Hogg reflected on the devastation caused by Storm Desmond and again commended the exceptional work carried out by officers, above and beyond the call of duty.
RESOLVED – That the report be received and circulated to key organisations to highlight the Council’s learning from this process and to help influence future delivery of such grants.
Reasons for Decision
To assist in the delivery of the Council Plan, making South Lakeland the best place to work and live.
Alternative Options Considered and Rejected
Not to receive the report or make recommendations. The recommendation set out ensures that the learning is shared to help influence future delivery of such grants.
Report author: Fiona Inston
Publication date: 30/11/2018
Date of decision: 28/11/2018
Decided at meeting: 28/11/2018 - Cabinet