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Farmers urged to apply for flood repair scheme as Storm Henry hits Scotland

Details on how to apply to the Scottish Government’s floodbank restoration scheme have been announced as parts of the UK were once again battered by gale force winds and heavy rain.


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The storm has caused major disruption to farming businesses
The storm has caused major disruption to farming businesses

Storm Henry blew in yesterday (February 1) bringing 90 mph winds in central and northern Scotland.

 

Further south, gusts reached 70 mph in Northern Ireland, northern England, southern Scotland and Wales.

 

The storm has caused major disruption to farming businesses, with more than 3,000 homes left without power overnight.

 

NFU Scotland has urged farmers to apply for a share of the Scottish Government’s £1 million fund.

 

The scheme, specifically designed to assist those farmers who have seen floodbanks breached by recent floods, will remain open to applications until the end of February, with applications subject to an approval process, before funding will be made available in March.

 

NFUS president Allan Bowie said: “We welcome the launch of the floodbank restoration scheme, and the £1 million support it will provide to many flood-hit farmers. I would urge all farmers who have seen their floodbanks damaged to apply to the scheme before the end of February.

 

“Following the scheme closure, we want Scottish Government to press on at pace with the approvals process so that funds can be released and vital repair work carried out. While many of our members would want to crack on with repairs now, it is an unfortunate requirement of State Aid schemes that necessary work cannot be done without grants receiving prior approval.”

 

Mr Bowie said that for those who want to press on with floodbank repairs now, like-for-like repairs do not require prior approval from SEPA.

 

It came as the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee announce it would investigate whether flood prevention measures in place in England were adequate.

 

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