Restaurant reopens after massive storm damage

Restaurant reopens after massive storm damage

Restaurant re-opens after massive storm damage

Damage following the storms in February

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JUST three months ago it was left looking like a war zone after being wrecked by 80mph winds that battered the Hampshire coastline.

Diners at a seafront restaurant had to be rescued by soldiers and firefighters after rocks smashed through the windows and a huge tidal surge flooded the ground floor.

Now The Marine at Milford on Sea has reopened – just in time for the busy summer season.

Civic chiefs helped the owner, Richard Thompson, access the cash he needed to repair the art deco-style building, which suffered thousands of pounds of damage during the Valentine’s Day storm.

As reported by the Daily Echo, what was supposed to be a romantic meal turned into a nightmare that saw more than 30 customers fleeing for their lives.

Mr Thompson managed to obtain Government funding for flood-hit businesses, including rate relief and a £5,000 support grant.

The district council also helped him apply for a further grant of up to £5,000 towards the cost of repairs and measures that will improve the property’s ability to withstand future flooding.

Mr Thompson also benefitted from a free business support workshop staged by the council, VisitEngland and Tourism South East.

James Berresford, VisitEngland’s chief executive, said: “It’s really great to see first-hand how our support has helped businesses like The Marine get back on their feet.

“A lot of people were put off visiting flood affected areas.”

Anthony Climpson, the council’s tourism and employment manager, is also celebrating The Marine’s re-opening.

He said: “Coastal businesses play a major part in the visitor experience here in the New Forest and make an important contribution to the local economy.

“It’s vital that they are able to bounce back quickly from unfortunate situations like this.”

Mr Thompson added: “I wouldn’t have been able to do this without the support I received from the council, New Forest Tourism Association and VisitEngland.”

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8:38am Tue 3 Jun 14

billy bumble says...

Grants??

Help???

Surely Insurance Companies should bear the cost of this sort of thing? - not the public purse
Grants?? Help??? Surely Insurance Companies should bear the cost of this sort of thing? - not the public purse billy bumble
  • Score: 3

9:48am Tue 3 Jun 14

uberbloke says...

That was my default reaction too...

but on reflection would we rather this was a story about how the restaurant had to close with the loss of staff and facilities to the local area as well as the tourist pull/pound because of local government inaction, inadequate work on rebuilding coastal defences and tardy insurance payouts?
That was my default reaction too... but on reflection would we rather this was a story about how the restaurant had to close with the loss of staff and facilities to the local area as well as the tourist pull/pound because of local government inaction, inadequate work on rebuilding coastal defences and tardy insurance payouts? uberbloke
  • Score: 3

9:56am Tue 3 Jun 14

nothingtofear says...

billy bumble wrote:
Grants??

Help???

Surely Insurance Companies should bear the cost of this sort of thing? - not the public purse
Indeed and what happened to all the moaners who claimed compensation after their cars were damaged even though the weather warnings were quite explicit and should have alerted them to the fact that staying away from the area might be a good idea?
[quote][p][bold]billy bumble[/bold] wrote: Grants?? Help??? Surely Insurance Companies should bear the cost of this sort of thing? - not the public purse[/p][/quote]Indeed and what happened to all the moaners who claimed compensation after their cars were damaged even though the weather warnings were quite explicit and should have alerted them to the fact that staying away from the area might be a good idea? nothingtofear
  • Score: 5

10:09am Tue 3 Jun 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

I would not like to sea this place close. . . Its in a good spot looking out to sea and across to the Needles
I would not like to sea this place close. . . Its in a good spot looking out to sea and across to the Needles RED LETTER DAY
  • Score: 4

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