On a visit to the Cross Keys ​16th Century coaching inn at Tebay, which was flooded and left partially-closed following the devastating Storm Desmond almost one year ago, local MP and Cumbria Floods Envoy Rory Stewart highlighted the extended deadline for businesses and properties affected on 3-11 and 24-28 December 2015 to access the Floods Resilience Grants of up to £5,000. The deadline has been extended to 31st March 2017.
Speaking to publican Tony Gerrard and ​Regional Manager of Enterprise Inns plcMark Price, Rory discussed the tough year that local businesses have had; but praised the positive and proactive work of Enterprise Inns in supporting on insurance claims and in accessing financial support, such as the Flood Resilience Grant. Tony Gerrard explained to Rory that tourism had seen an upsurge this summer, but that flooding remained a deep worry.
Rory said: “Tony and Mark show that the Cross Keys is​ one of the success stories to come out of Storm Desmond, ​where effort and good communication have highlighted how ​businesses and small entrepreneurs can be supported to access the tools and funds available to them to get back on their feet. Storm Desmond was a truly horrific time for ​this county, but the resilience and determination to ​get going again has been inspirational. It is great to see that Tony has been able to come back stronger after the floods, and I hope very much that constituents who have not yet been able to access the Floods Resilience Grants available to them, will do so before March 2017.”

For more information about the £5,000 Property Flood Resilience Grant visit or call Eden District Council on 01768 817817.

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