Whaley Bridge and flooding victims to receive £5m compensation 


Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers said: “It is vital that we help local people to get back on their feet.

Two damaged bridges in Yorkshire will be replaced thanks to a £3 million investment from the Department for Transport.

The one-off, exceptional funding will help North Yorkshire County Council repair the bridges on Grinton Moor and near Cogden Beck as quickly as possible, and reconnect two sides of Grinton Moor – saving up to 60 minutes of driving time.

When he visited Whaley Bridge in the immediate aftermath of the dam bursting, Boris Johnson promised it would be properly rebuilt. 

The Bellwin scheme compensates authorities for the exceptional costs incurred in incidents such as flooding. Relevant authorities are eligible for costs under Bellwin when they have spent more than 0.2 per cent of their calculated annual revenue budgets on emergency works.

The scheme provides emergency financial assistance to local authorities under section 155 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989. It is named after former Department of the Environment Minister Lord Bellwin.


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