George presses for action on storm damage funding
Local MP, Andrew George, is urging Government Ministers to ensure that funding decisions are concluded as soon as possible so that Cornwall can proceed with completing its recovery from the recent storm damage.
Mr George said: “The cost to Cornwall Council for funding the necessary repairs is significant. I have been urging Ministers and Environment Agency officials to ensure that decisions are taken swiftly now that all the detailed estimates have been given. We don’t want an impression created that the evident damage is a permanent feature, undermining the economic regeneration and opportunities for the future.”
Of the £23 million which Cornwall Council needs to meet its repair bill, £1.1 million has been given from an emergency relief (Belwin) scheme the Government provides to local authorities; the Environment Agency is expected to apportion approximately £9 million and some of the additional £10 million provided for road repairs can be used. The rest is expected to have to be made up from Council resources.
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