LOCAL BUSINESSES IN EAST COWES LEAVE HIGH AND DRY – UNLESS THEY COUGH – Island Echo


Measures installed by the Environment Agency in Yarmouth (2017)

Businesses in East Cowes have been told they will have to fend for themselves after plans for a flood barrier to protect properties were dropped – 2 years after it was first announced.

The ruling leaves 30 businesses without protection or funded help, while preventative measures seek help for 34 homes and a case is being made to get help for another 34 residential properties.

Originally, a temporary frame was designed to be raised when a flood was forecast.

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The 250m purpose-built frame would have run from Waitrose, through Red Funnel Yard and onto Clarence Road, where flooding occurred earlier this year.

Instead of the ‘shovel-ready scheme’, the Isle of Wight Council will now provide sandbags while the Environment Agency will also continue to advise.

Multiple reasons, including accessibility, health and safety risks, access restrictions to the pontoon bridge and factories and the requirement for road closures, all led to the project being canceled – although the city was threatened with major flooding when it was declared back in 2017.

In a letter sent to those affected, the EA said government funding of £300,000 would be made available to home and property owners, but not those who own businesses in central East Cowes .

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