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What do you think?

The Government wants victims of the floods to have their say in its investigation. The environment, food and rural affairs committee has decided to hold an inquiry into last month’s flooding and it wants to hear from people directly affected.

Its work will contribute to a wider ‘lessons learned’ inquiry into the June floods which seeks to find out what, if anything, should have been done to prevent the damage.

To have your say email the committee on efracom@parliament.uk stating a contact name, telephone number and postal address. Submissions should be no more than 3,000 words.

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Gloucestershire flood relief fund website launched

screenshot of the Gloucestershire flood relief fund website

The Gloucestershire flood relief fund, which was formed a little over a week ago to help victims of the July 2007 floods in Gloucestershire, has launched a fund raising website at www.glosfloodrelief.org

Continue reading ‘Gloucestershire flood relief fund website launched’

Fantastic news for our leisure centre customers

We’ve now got some great news about progress at our flood devastated leisure facilities

Right now we have a contractor on the site building some temporary premises. We’re planning a thirty station fitness suite and a fitness studio where a selection of classes and courses can be held. The facilities will be fully air conditioned, have shower and changing accommodation and have disability access. It will all take a few weeks to complete, but work is in progress.

Sonia Phillips, our assistant director for health and wellbeing said:

We still await a date from the contractor when the temporary premises will be handed over to us, however it is likely that the facility will be available for use towards the end of September. We will do our best to update and inform our customers of all developments, particularly when a confirmed opening date is known. In the meantime, a specialist contractor has now commenced with the initial strip-out work at centre. This is a major operation which includes the removal of all contaminated debris from the site.

and Anne Regan the cabinet member for safer and stronger communities added:

I would like to thank all those who have expressed their support to the centre during recent weeks and give my assurance that we are doing everything we can to minimise the period of disruption that the closure has caused. leisure@cheltenham serves more than 111,000 residents so I am pleased that we will shortly have facilities for people to use.

This really positive news follows the recent visit of James Schiro, Zurich Global’s chief executive to show his support and oversee the insurance investigation.

Scenes like this will return…
Excercise class at Cheltenham's leisure facilities

Out in the community, offering help

Lots of people need a helping hand, some need help with flood fund applications and everyone has a story to tell. Right now we have teams of surveyors auditing flood damaged properties in Cheltenham and Tewkesbury.

The government has money to give, but we need to provide a comprehensive list of those affected so that we can put forward our case for that funding. The time scale for all of this is very tight, so our teams are working hard to get the information together. So far we have visited and identified over 1000 properties.

Although the events in July have slipped out of the news, for many people returning back to normality will be a long and distressing road that could take up to a year.

Here are a group of people doing a fantastic job.

The flood recovery team

There are lots of stories…

An elderly gentleman walked into the municipal offices, went up to the main reception desk and asked if he could speak to a member of the emergency planning team.

The members of the team are all back at their regular jobs trying to pull things back to normal and cope with the usual things that come by each day but a member of the team was called down and after a few minutes they arrived at the desk.

The gentleman leaned forward on his stick:

I just wanted to say thank you. Each day someone delivered a pack of water on my doorstep. I only made one phone call and after that there was water every day. Thank you.

That made a lot of people smile.

There are lots of thank yous and lots of people to thank. If you have a story please share it here, just use the comment link above each news post. We plan to keep posting here as long as it takes to help Cheltenham get back to normal. Look forward to hearing from you.

Severn Trent says thanks to the community

Tony Wray, Severn Trent Water’s managing director:

We at Severn Trent recognise that many communities in Gloucestershire and Worcestershire have suffered significantly during this period. Therefore we have decided to make available up to £3.5 million to support those communities in recovering from this incident…

Severn Trent will be working with the local authorities to determine how to make best use of this money. We believe that a contribution such as this will be of long term benefit to all in the community.

Interesting reading…

What a great idea

The BBC Good Neighbour appeal:

Give your time to be a BBC Good Neighbour. In the aftermath of the flood crisis, we’re inviting Gloucestershire people to donate their skills and time to help victims of the disaster.


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