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Government Flood Support Payments – DEADLINE

Posted 19:30 on 24/11/2023

The Communities and Grants teams at MSDC have been working hard to set up a system to process grant payments quickly, one which meets both the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) and Department for Business and Trade (DBT) eligibility requirements, and also makes it as simple and stress-free as possible.

Grants to help with initial recovery costs are £500 for households and £2,500 for businesses. But read on…

No action is required by those affected – MSDC will contact you BUT only if you have registered the internal flooding of your property on the Suffolk County Council reporting tool. Grants will be administered by this route including Council Tax discounts (100% relief for three months minimum, and 100% on temporary accommodation if displaced).

Homeowners will be asked to provide a few extra details (such as bank details and a self-declaration), and then payments will be made within a couple of days.

Businesses are being contacted although those that were not internally flooded but still affected will need to provide some additional information about the level of impact. Eligibility and evidence required is stipulated by DBT.

IMPORTANT If you haven’t reported your flood on the SCC reporting tool, you still need to do this – follow the steps below.
The deadline is the end of December.

  1. Visit: https://highwaysreporting.suffolk.gov.uk
  2. Click on: ‘Report It’
  3. Then click: ‘Drainage and Flooding’
  4. Then click: ‘Flooding inside residential / non-residential property’
  5. Please include as much information as you have, there is also an option to upload photos.
  6. Once your report has been submitted, Suffolk County Council officers will contact you to gather further information and prioritise those locations that meet the criteria for an official investigation.
  7. Someone from the district or borough council will then contact you to arrange payment, if eligible.

For those who aren’t able to submit their report online, please call 0345 606 6171.

Distributing these grants is a priority for councils and MSDC are contacting everyone who has reported their flood, as quickly as they can.

Suffolk County Council is also preparing to administer the the DEFRA Property Flood Resilience Repair Grant Scheme. This offers up to £5,000 towards a range of resilience works to residents and organisations meeting the scheme criteria. They are working closely with the Environment Agency, and are currently dealing with an unprecedented volume of Section 19 Flood Investigations. This may take some time.

Please register internal flooding of your property NOW if you have not already done so.

For those who aren’t able to submit their report online, please call 0345 606 6171.

If you would like help with this please contact the Parish Clerk | 01359 259 794, who will try to help in any way possible.

Walsham le Willows Neighbourhood Plan – Adopted by MSDC

In Memory of Maggie Barber 1943 – 2023
Former chair of Walsham le Willows Parish Council

This Neighbourhood Plan was Maggie’s idea and without her vision and encouragement it would not have happened. For over forty years Maggie contributed to all aspects of village life and she is much missed.  Grateful thanks also go to Rob Barber for his guidance and advice especially during the final stages of drafting this Plan.

‘So behind every generalization, there lies the infinite variety and beauty of detail; and it is the detail that matters, that gives pleasure to the eye and to the mind.’

WG Hoskins, The Making of the English Landscape, 1956

The submitted plan was passed at referendum by 203 votes to 14. It was duly adopted by Mid Suffolk District Council on 24 November 2023.
Read more on the Mid-Suffolk District Council website

Read or download a copy of the adopted neighbourhood plan (large pdf file 41Mb)

20’s Plenty Consultation Results

The issue of traffic speed has been raised by residents both as part of the development of the Neighbourhood Plan and again at the Annual Question Time event on 24th May this year (organised by the Parish Council).

Find out more abut the ‘20’s Plenty national campaign‘ for rural areas

Please read thoughts so far about traffic and speed issues in Walsham le Willows

Read the results of the survey carried out by the Parish Council

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Walsham has had an enthusiastic and prolific history group since 1980 and it is still going strong. The group still meets regularly, and have produced a Brief History of Walsham, and comprehensive Reviews on particular aspects of Walsham’s historical record which have been published at the rate of three or four a year since 1997, and a selection of books and compact discs.

Cover of the book The Black Death: An intimate History by John Hatcher

Walsham le Willows has a rich history that is based on the survival of exceptionally good 14th-century manorial records which led to Walsham being chosen as the setting for the fictionalised history The Black Death: An Intimate History, by John Hatcher set in the years following the summer of 1348 as the Black Death ravaged European society.  John Hatcher used the excellent manorial records to ‘fill in the gaps’ for his story.


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