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Wirral's plea to PM over 'money no object' pledge for flood damage repairs
A PLEA from Wirral is going out to Westminster asking Government to honour David Cameron's "money is no object" pledge over repairing flood damage.
The peninsula was lashed by a tidal surge in early-December causing more than £250,000 of destruction across coastal areas - New Brighton, West Kirby and Meols suffered worst.
But the council has been told it will only be getting £20,000 from Government coffers to help local businesses cover losses caused by the storm.
And nothing has been forthcoming to help pay for repairs to promenades, roads, railing and sea defence work.
Council chief executive Graham Burgess has written to communities secretary Eric Pickles explaining the issues and pointing out that town hall finances are already under extreme pressure.
The letter concludes by asking Mr Pickles to hand over more funds.
Destruction: Meols promenade
The storm on December 5 left shops, supermarkets, restaurants and the Travel Lodge hotel at Marine Point badly flooded.
Storm damage: New Brighton prom under water
Council leader Phil Davies said: "I hope Mr Pickles responds appropriately to our request for financial support.
"The Prime Minister said ‘money was no object’ in the repair of damage caused by the recent weather.
"However so far we have only been allocated a very small amount for our suffering businesses - and nothing towards vital work to repair our sea defences on the North Wirral coastline.
“This is due to how the national scheme for assistance to flood damaged areas is applied, however such repairs are essential if we are to reduce the risks of further severe flooding in the future."
He added: "All we are asking for is to be treated fairly in light of the major budget challenges we are facing.
"If the Government does not help us with this, we will be forced to spend more council money which could have otherwise helped to protect local front-line services from further cuts.”
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