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Hull's regeneration 'uncertain' says council

Uncertainty over who will fund flood recovery efforts will threaten the regeneration of Britain's worst flood-hit city, its council has said.

Kingston upon Hull City Council's chief Kim Ryley said the city was still reeling from the effects of the flooding of 7,000 homes in June.

Mr Ryley said the council would have to use money set aside for regeneration to pay for the restoration of infrastructure, as the Bellwin compensation scheme was not expected to cover all the council's costs.

He explained: “We will have to use money earmarked for regeneration such as major new buildings and road schemes. Instead of regeneration, we will just get things back to the way they were before the June floods.”

The council also says it is having to dip into its road maintenance budget to repair
flood damage, using money normally set aside to pay for wear and tear that happens during the winter.

Mr Ryley said: “We are going to have problems this winter.”

He is calling on the government to reform the Bellwin compensation scheme which funds local government only part of the costs incurred as a result of disasters.

The government has launched a review to see what lessons can be learnt from the floods in June and July, but this does not cover how recovery efforts should be financed.

Source: Local Government Chronicle