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Grants given out by Cotswold District Council to help with future emergency planning

Cotswold District Council has handed out almost £30,000 this week to help towns and parishes to be better prepared for future emergencies.

Six towns around the District were awarded resilience grants at a meeting of Council Leader Cllr Lynden Stowe, Portfolio holder for Safe & Strong Communities Cllr Clive Bennett and Portfolio holder for the Environment Cllr Mark Tufnell.

The grants - open to bids from all town and parish councils in the District - are intended to boost local resilience and emergency planning measures, so communities can be better prepared to deal with any future emergencies they may face.

All six locations composed a ‘wish-list’ of items and supplies – such as protective clothing, medical packs, walkie-talkies, blankets and torches – and the grants will cover the cost of purchasing such essential equipment.

The grants awarded are as follows:

  • Blockley Parish Council, £2000
  • Bourton-on-the-Water Parish Council, £1063.68
  • Broadwell Parish Council, £857.57
  • Chipping Campden Town Council, £10,000
  • Fairford Town Council, £10,000
  • Lechlade Town Council, £4,600

Portfolio holder for Safe & Strong Communities Cllr Clive Bennett said: “This grant will prove vital to help communities affected by last summer’s floods to build local resilience and local emergency planning.

“With this support, they will have the right equipment, have the right measures in place and can be ready for any emergency they may face in the future.”

The grants, which total £28,521.25, have come from the £623,500 Flood Recovery Grant awarded to Cotswold District Council by the Government in the wake of the July 2007 floods.

In total, Cotswold District Council has set aside £200,000 to help communities improve their emergency planning measures. Local councils can bid for a maximum of £10,000 from the Town and Parish Resilience Grant funds and the second round of bidding will close on April 30th.

The Flood Recovery Grant – part of a wider £6.8 million nationwide package – was distributed by the Government to support vulnerable people, improve land drainage and help communities to cope with future emergencies.

Source: Cotswold District Council

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