MPs and council leaders give their support to EDP flood appeal

Floods. The clean up begins at Walcott. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY Floods. The clean up begins at Walcott. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
6:30 AM

Out of the despair of last week’s floods has emerged a story of overwhelming generosity from communities across Norfolk and Suffolk.

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Pledges from across the region have begun to come in following the launch of the EDP’s Norfolk and Lowestoft Flood Appeal.

The biggest tidal surge in 60 years – higher in some parts than the 1953 floods – has left hundreds of homeowners and businesspeople devastated.

As the clean-up operation continued, people began giving their money to help those left homeless by Thursday’s floods.

MPs gave their backing to the EDP’s flood appeal with a number pledging cash and donations to the cause.

Norfolk MPs George Freeman, Simon Wright, Chloe Smith and Henry Bellingham yesterday joined coastal MPs Brandon Lewis, Norman Lamb and Peter Aldous, who said over the weekend that they would donate money to help people affected by the storm surges.

Broadland MP Keith Simpson said he could offer a visit to the House of Commons and tea as part of the fundraising effort, while Labour MEP Richard Howitt has also promised to match the £100 offered by some of the coalition MPs.

North Norfolk MP Norman Lamb said: “I’m contributing £100 to help gets things started. Walcott needs our help.”

Mid-Norfolk MP George Freeman, who matched the donation, said: “These floods are a reminder of the daily reality of the threat facing those who live and work by and on the sea and Norfolk’s historic connection with and debt to them. They need our help, please give generously.”

Norwich South MP Simon Wright said: “No-one can fail to have been moved by many of the heart-breaking scenes caused by the floods. It’s vital that local communities have the funds that they need to help those who’ve been affected, and I strongly encourage readers and businesses to get behind the EDP appeal by making a donation.”

North West MP Henry Bellingham added: “I think it’s a fantastic cause, you have my support and I’ll be pleased to send a donation.”

Council leaders also gave their backing to the appeal. Mark Bee, leader of Suffolk County Council, said: “I think it’s a really good idea and I am very happy to support the appeal for the victims of the flood. It’s a very simple and effective way of helping and supporting those in need who have been affected as the days go on.”

Lowestoft mayor June Ford added: “We are still helping a lot of people in terrible states in John Street and Marine Parade.

“Some of them have got basement flats that were flooded and some of them aren’t insured. I hope the money from the EDP will be able to help them.”

Chef Galton Blackiston, owner of Morston Hall and No 1 Cromer fish and chips restaurant, said the flood had caused “incredible damage” to the Norfolk coast. He said: “It is important to highlight the appeal. It is a worthwhile thing to do because it has affected a lot of people and businesses.

“I’m very supportive of it.”

11 comments

  • Well since my other post has not appeared-Brandon Lewis would do better pressing for government funding to commission an urgent new study ( and not a desk top) of the East Norfolk coast from Sea Palling to California to see if the defences at Sea Palling are leading to deposition there and at adjacent beaches and to erosion at Hemsby and Scratby, because if the coast there continues to erode the fair number of houses GYBC has allowed at Scratby could be vulnerable next. Natural process or not the council has allowed homes in a potentially vulnerable location and people have bought them. A choice between defence and roll back payments might have to be made-and a line drawn in the sand and in time to say who will be eligible.

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • I have been through the larder and found 4 tins of soup and 2 of creamed rice, there is an old army surplus tent in the shed, all of which I wish to donate, but where do I send them?

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    Old Long Balls

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • How about converting a few million of the Overseas aid to In The Sea aid to benefit our own instead of supporting the overseas space race etc

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    Roy Gooch

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • Some people live on the wrong side of the flood defences, because they like to walk into the sun room and see the view. Now that the sun room, and the bedroom for that matter, are in the North Sea are they hoping to claim on this fund?

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    George Ezekial

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • How about cutting the MOD budget in half, they waste more in a year than we spend on overseas aid, Roy Gooch, and use it for qa national sea defence programme. We do not need another survey, Daisy, we know exactly what will flood and were to proritise such monies. Thing is the Government just does not care much about coastal protection or bvuying time for us, when they can tub thump and make themselves look important in some godforsaken war. Defend our country first and stop these pious, false pretences that you will act on our behalf. Why are insurance companies not interested in sea defences and ratrher pay out large sums, again and again? Is it because we all pay for the damage, again and again, with higher premiums, throughout the spectrum of other insurances. Why can't they see that if they build these tidal energy generation and flood barrier schemes that this is a win win proposition?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • I would support short term aid for those who were tenants living in places like basement flats caravans and holiday chalets and uninsured because they were unemployed or very low income-these are hard times for many people. And I would support long term assistance for protecting areas of the coast which protect against wider incursion inland. But not assistance for those who moved to the coast in the last few years and who thought they were cleverer than the sea. Any roll back compensation should be limited to those who bought over 20 years ago, not those who bought buildings and businesses in the last two or three years and are apparently surprised that the sea has big tides and are now running hgh profile campaigns backed by shallow politicians. Anyone with a grain of sense could see that buying a place on the beach at Hemsby or on the sand cliffs at Scratby and California was about as safe a risk as leaving a full wallet on Yarmouth Market place.It would be more sensible if Brandon Lewis etc requested that the matter of the recent erosion be looked at in a more serious way and by smarter people than GYBC, not for the short term protection of the beach side businesses but to determine the ongoing risk to Scratby and the holiday parks on Beach Road Hemsby- to see if a bay is being created there as quickly as at Happisburgh. I think it is some time since anything other than a desk top appraisal of the east Norfolk coast was undertaken and new defences at Sea Palling and changes in the beach from there to Winterton, and the erosion at Hemsby, even though they are natural processes, might need another look to see if one is affecting the other. Especially since GYBC has given permission for rather a lot of houses at Scratby over the years.

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • Pat Gowen on MARINET, costal expert and retired scientist will tell you clearly that the problem is being exacerbated by the massive offshore collection of aggregates for building. This is dragging our beaches the natural defences, slowly into these huge pits that are being created, leaving our coast so vulnerable.

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    John L Norton

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • i would be more likely to donate if this edp campaign was less about giving politicians publicity for donating the money they found down the back of the sofa.

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    Double Bill

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • the 100 pounds offered by mps is an insult .They have just increased the foreign aid budget by another billion. If you could see the real truth on what this country spends on foreign aid and immigration people would realise that they are being treated as second class citizens in their own country when it comes down to government spending

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    milecross

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • This is turning into a PR exercise, one is supposed to put their money in and keep their mouths shut, not broadcast it to the world and wait for the plaudits.

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    John L Norton

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

  • the 100 pounds offered by mps is an insult .They have just increased the foreign aid budget by another billion. If you could see the real truth on what this country spends on foreign aid and immigration people would realise that they are being treated as second class citizens in their own country when it comes down to government spending

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    milecross

    Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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