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Four out of five flood hit firms now re-open

Fancy dress was the order of the day at re-opening night at the Rope and Anchor, Todmorden

Fancy dress was the order of the day at re-opening night at the Rope and Anchor, Todmorden

ALMOST 80 per cent of businesses affected by the summer floods have now re-opened, according to a Calderdale Council report.

A survey conducted by the environment and economy department found that 96 out of 123 businesses contacted so far have managed to re-open and are trading again following flood damage, but 27 are still closed.

Calderdale councillor Barry Collins said the council had spent close to £2 million on measures to help local businesses and householders, while the Government had contributed only £85,000.

Speaking at last week’s cabinet meeting, he said: “Calderdale Council’s response has been quite extraordinary but we will look at further opportunities for targeted help for businesses which have not yet re-opened.”

Since June, a total of £210,100 from the council’s RISE fund has been allocated to 138 businesses which applied for funding.

The average grant was £1,391, with the highest being £5,000 and the lowest £200.

The funding has been used by the businesses for many different purposes, including promotion of their firms and work needed to help them continue to trade.

Coun Collins told the cabinet that the RISE programme was only a temporary measure and now it had to close.

Looking ahead, he said one of the key issues was to ensure that people in the upper Calder Valley could continue to get insurance cover.

He also urged people to support and promote spectacular events such as the Valley of Lights in the run-up to Christmas to show a wider audience that the area was well on the road to recovery.

 

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