Public meeting to discuss flooding

A public meeting will be held in Halton tomorrow (Tuesday November 28) to discuss the recent localised flooding that affected the village.

Flood clearance in Galgate

Flood clearance in Galgate

Representatives from Lancaster City Council, Lancashire County Council, Environment Agency, fire and rescue and the police will be on hand to discuss recent events and listen to the community’s concerns. It is being held in the main hall at The Centre @ Halton at 6.30pm.

A meeting is also being organised for the Bowerham/Newlands and Hala areas of Lancaster, which also suffered from flooding, on Thursday, December 7 at Moorside Community Primary School, starting at 6.30pm.

In Galgate, which suffered the greatest impact, the city council and other agencies have continued the clean-up operation and providing assistance to residents.

Cleansing staff have been on the ground all weekend collecting and removing flood damaged goods from homes in Galgate for disposal.  Staff used a tractor, trailer and caged wagons, along with sweepers, to clear and remove items. 

Housing staff have also been on hand to provide residents whose properties were affected with help and advice, including providing temporary accommodation where required.

Volunteers at Ellel Village Hall, which is being used as a base for operations and coordinating donations received by the general public, are working closely with the city council. The council has set up a helpdesk in the hall for anyone with issues to drop in and receive advice.

The village hall will host a multi-agency public meeting on Tuesday December 5 at 7pm for local people to discuss further the recent flooding and raise their concerns.

Environmental health officers have also been visiting businesses in Galgate and the wider district who were flooded, providing advice and guidance on cleaning up and health and safety matters.

Leaflets have been distributed to all those residents known to have been flooded, providing a telephone number -  07508 338 449 - that people directly affected by flooding can phone to speak to a senior council officer.

The Community Foundation for Lancashire has launched the Lancashire Flood Recovery Appeal to help vulnerable people and people in hardship with cleaning-up and replacing items damaged by the recent flooding.  

For more information on how to apply visit the Lancashire Flood Appeal webpage.

Last updated: 01 December 2017