Rivers and Flooding

River EdenConstituents in areas such as Eamont Bridge, Rickerby, Pooley Bridge, Cliburn or Stockdalewath have experienced the very damaging effects of flooding. I have therefore hosted visits from the flooding Minister; spoken to and worked with local Flood Action Groups, the National Flood Forum and industry specialists at the North Cumbria Flood Conference; and lobbied Defra ministers over the substantial increase in insurance premiums many communities in high flood risk areas would otherwise have faced had the Statement of Principles framework expired. In part because of our work the flooding Minister has struck a new agreement with the insurance companies, allowing affordable insurance for homes at risk.

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RORY PLEDGES SUPPORT FOR “BRING EDENSIDE HOME” CAMPAIGN

Rory Stewart MP has pledged his support for residents of Edenside care home in Appleby, who were evacuated to the former Greengarth care home in Penrith, when Appleby was hit by the devastating Storm Desmond in December. Repair work to the care home has not yet started and there are fears in the community that […]

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RORY JOINS ROYAL CUMBRIAN VISIT TO PENRITH AND THE BORDER

  Rory Stewart MP welcomed His Royal Highness Prince Charles to Penrith and The Border yesterday, on a day-long tour that included visits to Ullswater Community College, Pooley Bridge, and Theatre on the Lake in Keswick. Rory and Prince Charles spent 75 minutes touring Ullswater Community College in Penrith, in particular its applied learning centre, […]

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RORY PRAISES DEDICATION OF EDEN FLOOD VOLUNTEERS

Rory Stewart MP has visited Eden Flood Volunteers’ temporary base at Skirsgill, near Penrith, to meet with volunteers and to see first-hand the work that Kerryanne Wilde and her team have been doing since Storm Desmond first devastated local households in December 2015. Rory spent time talking to Kerryanne and her team of volunteers, hearing […]

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RORY WELCOMES OPENING OF NEW TEMPORARY BRIDGE

  Penrith and The Border MP Rory Stewart visited Pooley Bridge on Friday ahead of the official opening of the temporary bailey bridge installed by Story Construction. The original bridge was washed away by Storm Desmond in December and both residents and businesses have been badly affected by the road closure. During his visit Rory met with representatives from the local […]

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RORY WELCOMES TECHNICAL ADVANCES AT EAMONT BRIDGE

Rory Stewart MP has welcomed technical advances at Eamont Bridge following the news that a submarine from Cumbrian firm Seatronics, which uses 3D sonar imaging ‘BlueView ‘technology, has been used to film the damage, allowing for the teams working on the project to design the vital repair block off-site, while they wait for water levels […]

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RORY WELCOMES FLOOD SUPPORT FROM EU SOLIDARITY FUND

Rory Stewart MP and Defra Minister for floods has welcomed news that the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) has completed the application for EU support funding for recovery and repairs following the devastating floods in the UK over December and January. The funds will be in addition to the significant funds already committed […]

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RORY MEETS FLOOD-AFFECTED COMMUNITIES IN SHAP AND MAULDS MEABURN‎

Rory Stewart MP, the Prime Minister’s newly-appointed Floods Envoy for Cumbria and Lancashire, has spent time visiting flooded communities in Shap and Maulds Meaburn, meeting with residents and business owners to discuss local damage caused by the recent floods. He said he was keen to make sure that as a Minister he saw rural communities […]

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RORY VISITS WARCOP FLOOD VICTIMS IN NEW ROLE

Rory Stewart MP visited the village of Warcop on Friday to look at the damage caused by the recent floods. Residents gathered to meet Rory as he walked through the village, looking at the river and its banks and discussing how to protect the village better in the future. The visit was one of the […]

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Step forward for affordable flood insurance

Up to half a million households in high flood risk areas are one step closer to affordable flood insurance as the regulations for Flood Re come into force today. Marking a significant milestone towards protecting people at flood risk from spiralling home insurance premiums, Floods Minister Rory Stewart has signed the regulations, following approval from […]

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RORY IS SHOWN CHALLENGES OF PROTECTING THE LUNE

Rory met this week with local anglers, on the banks of the river Lune,  at Tebay to understand their concerns over the health of the River Lune, and measures that could be put in place to better protect native fish species on the river. Meeting down on the river itself, the group of anglers, convened by […]