A reminder that a base is operational at the Grant Arms, Market Place, Ramsbottom, which was set up so that assistance offered by volunteers can be directed towards those affected by the floods. Anyone who wishes to donate goods – from furniture to bedding and personal hygiene products – is asked to take these donations to one of these centres.
Council teams are in action clearing up the borough, including removing debris from roads and flood damaged items, and checking road gullies.
Flood damaged waste
Extra collections of grey and brown bins were completed on Tuesday 29 December in the areas most affected by the flooding. In Ramsbottom, the extra collections were provided at Garden Street, St Paul’s Street, Crow Lane and Church Street.
The skips that have been provided for residents to dispose of flood damaged items are being emptied and replaced throughout this week and over the weekend.
Major damage has been caused to Nuttall Park in Ramsbottom. It is being surveyed and areas are being made safe as required. A programme of repairs will be drawn up in the New Year.
All bridges are now open, except those severely damaged (Waterside in Summerseat),
A Bury Council Flood Relief Scheme has been established and the Council will begin to process financial support on Monday 4 January.
Council Tax relief for households
If you’ve been forced to move out of your home because of flooding, you will not have to pay Council Tax on the flooded property for the period of time you are not there, up to 12 months.
If you have left your property please use the form that will be on the Council’s web-site to let the Council know or phone the Council on 0161 253 5000 from Monday 4 January. Alternatively you can email at firstname.lastname@example.org
£500 hardship grant for households
If you’ve had water in your house due to the recent flooding you will be eligible for a one-off payment of £500 from the council to help with recovery costs like temporary accommodation.
For most people this will happen automatically and you won’t need to do anything. However if you’ve not received payment by Monday 11 January 2016 and you consider yourself to be eligible please contact Bury Council on 0161 253 5000.
How hardship payments will be made
If you pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit, Bury Council will pay it directly into the bank account of the Council Tax payer and it will show as a payment from Bury Council.
If you think you’re eligible but don’t pay your Council Tax by Direct Debit, the Council will try to make contact with you or you can tell them by using the form on the web-site or phone on 0161 253 5000 from Monday 4 January so that you can apply.
Business rate relief for flood affected premises
Businesses that have been forced to close because of the floods will not be required to pay Business Rates for the period they are not trading as a result of flooding.
If you have had to stop trading due to flood water in your property please phone the Council on 0161 253 5000 so they can adjust your Business Rates account and confirm this in writing to you.