Financial Flood Support Schemes Now In Place

Homes and businesses impacted by flooding between 1 December 2013 and 31 March 2014 could be eligible to apply to Bath & North East Somerset Council for Government financial support.
 
Help on repairs and renewals
 
A ‘repair and renew’ grant of up to £5,000, which will provide financial support to homeowners or businesses in order to pay for work to reduce the impact of future flooding can also be obtained from 1 April 2014. This is open to both homeowners and businesses.
 
Businesses interested in applying for a Repair and Renew grant should email: regeneration@bathnes.gov.uk
 
Homeowners interested in applying for a Repair and Renew grant should email: DomesticFloodGrant@bathnes.gov.uk  
 
Help for business recovery plans
 
Small and medium sized businesses affected by the floods can claim funding to develop and carry out business recovery plans. The funding could cover immediate clean-up costs, materials, exceptional business costs and temporary accommodation.
 
Claims can be made immediately. More information is available via regeneration@bathnes.gov.uk or 01225 477 394.
 
Help on Council Tax and Business Rates
 
Homeowners affected by the floods can claim a Council Tax rebate. More information is available via counciltax@bathnes.gov.uk or 01225 47 77 77.
 
Businesses that have been flooded may qualify for 100% Business Rate relief for three months. More information is available via businessrates@bathnes.gov.uk or 01225 47 77 77.
 
Councillor Caroline Roberts (Lib-Dem, Newbridge), Cabinet Member for Transport, said, “Although this area was thankfully not as badly affected as others across the south west, the Council wants to raise awareness of the financial support available for any resident or business who was impacted during the exceptionally wet weather. Our staff are on hand to give support and advice about these flood support schemes.”
 
 

Clutton Welcomes New Clerk

We would like to welcome our new parish council clerk Helen Richardson.

Helen Richardson, New Clerk

 Helen has lived in the village for nearly three years with her husband and two young daughters. Her eldest child is now in the reception class at Clutton Primary School.

 Prior to starting a family, Helen was the commercial manager at Gloucester County Cricket Club  and also spent seven years in the commercial department at Bristol City Football Club where she led the sales team. Helen has a degree in psychology from the University of Birmingham and a masters in personnel management and business administration from the University of Aston.

 Helen said: ” I am delighted to take on this role, supporting the parish council and helping them make decisions affecting the village. My first impressions of the parish council are that it is very active and forward thinking, and collectively the councillors give up many hours of their free time for the benefit of the whole village. I have a great deal of respect for them and look forward to working with them.”

 Helen takes over from Stephen Barran who has been our clerk for the last five years. Stephen now plans to spend more time travelling, going on long walks with his dogs, gardening, and reading and writing.

 Clutton Parish Council chairperson Rosemary Naish said: “We would like to thank Stephen for all his hard work in this very important and responsible role, and wish him well in his retirement. We have been fortunate to get someone of Helen’s calibre to replace Stephen. Helen has outlined some exciting plans and we look forward to working with her to deliver the best possible service to all the people of Clutton