Downing Street intervenes over people charged for sandbags - as UKIP have 'whip-round' for affected Christchurch residents

SHOCKED: Paul Richards in Conifer Close

SHOCKED: Paul Richards in Conifer Close

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THE issue of whether councils should charge residents for sandbags prompted an intervention from Downing Street yesterday.

Fearful of another flood, like the one that forced residents to evacuate on Christmas morning, people living in Conifer Close, Christchurch, have been asking Christchurch council for sandbags.

But they were told if they wanted them they would have to pay for them, as it was not council policy to issue sandbags for free.

A Number 10 spokesman said Downing Street had told local councils not to charge for sandbags and confirmed the cost could be recovered from central government funding.

And this prompted the Local Government Association to say that reports councils were charging for sandbags were not true.

But a spokesperson for Christ-church council said: “If the Environment Agency put out a red warning and we know there’s likely to be flooding we will provide them free of charge.

“At the moment, people are concerned and are asking for sandbags just in case. In that situation, we will charge for them because we don’t have the resources to give them for free.”

UKIP’s Dorset spokesman Gawain Towler said they were hoping to have a whip-round for Conifer Close residents to help reimburse them for the £750 they have spent on sandbags.

He said: “The council are very happy to take residents’ council tax and local business rates, but when it comes to emergency people are left to their own devices.

“This shows how unfeeling, thoughtless and parsimonious the council is.” Resident Paul Richards said: “I found it difficult to believe Christchurch council wanted to charge us for sandbags.

“Then I was shocked and then angry. So far one of the residents here has spent £150 on sandbags and our management company has spent £750 and yet we’ve nowhere near enough.

“We feel we have been deserted, like we are being totally ignored.”

Bournemouth council confirmed their policy was to lay sandbags for free at sites expected to flood. Other requests for sandbags would be assessed on a needs basis and, if successful, six free sandbags would be provided.

In Poole, the council does not provide sandbags but directs residents to DIY stores.

NO LET UP IN THE WEATHER

MORE weather misery is set to sweep across Dorset today and tomorrow with amber wind and rain warnings issued across the county.

After more storms earlier this week, the Met Office has issued an amber and yellow rain warning for both days.

The amber rain warning lasts from 6am until 2pm today covering Dorset with a yellow rain warning for Bournemouth and Poole in place from 4am on today until 6am tomorrow.

The amber wind warning is from 6pm today until 10am tomorrow.

Gusts of 70mph are possible even inland with 80mph possible along most exposed parts of the south coast.

Residents were yesterday urged to avoid steps leading from Alum Chine to West Overcliff Drive due to a fallen tree – with the Avon Causeway also closed due to flooding.

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5:51am Fri 14 Feb 14

BIGTONE says...

In Poole, the council does not provide sandbags but directs residents to DIY stores.

Central Government will be taking note.
The Councils will suffer greatly(plus everyone else) because of this.
In Poole, the council does not provide sandbags but directs residents to DIY stores. Central Government will be taking note. The Councils will suffer greatly(plus everyone else) because of this. BIGTONE
  • Score: 21

7:50am Fri 14 Feb 14

brianbadondayburr says...

Ov bry
Ov bry brianbadondayburr
  • Score: -7

8:07am Fri 14 Feb 14

kalebmoledirt says...

I would have thought any cost involved in protecting your property .Should be reimbursed by the insurance company.or deducted from council tax as they surely have a duty of care if they collect it
I would have thought any cost involved in protecting your property .Should be reimbursed by the insurance company.or deducted from council tax as they surely have a duty of care if they collect it kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 6

8:59am Fri 14 Feb 14

sunny1966 says...

Good on you UKIP, Some sense through this, local council are a waste of space money grabbing at every opportunity.
Good on you UKIP, Some sense through this, local council are a waste of space money grabbing at every opportunity. sunny1966
  • Score: 32

9:56am Fri 14 Feb 14

Baysider says...

BIGTONE wrote:
In Poole, the council does not provide sandbags but directs residents to DIY stores.

Central Government will be taking note.
The Councils will suffer greatly(plus everyone else) because of this.
I'm sure every LA would love to have the funds to supply sandbanks to everyone who would 'like' a sandbag but they have to prioritise them for those that 'need' them don't they. Has there been much flooding in Poole necessitating sandbags then or is this just yet another excuse to have a go at the council.

David Cameron may say money's no object now but it has to be paid for at some time and I suspect it'll just be knocked off the next years settlement and so it would appear do LA's.
[quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: In Poole, the council does not provide sandbags but directs residents to DIY stores. Central Government will be taking note. The Councils will suffer greatly(plus everyone else) because of this.[/p][/quote]I'm sure every LA would love to have the funds to supply sandbanks to everyone who would 'like' a sandbag but they have to prioritise them for those that 'need' them don't they. Has there been much flooding in Poole necessitating sandbags then or is this just yet another excuse to have a go at the council. David Cameron may say money's no object now but it has to be paid for at some time and I suspect it'll just be knocked off the next years settlement and so it would appear do LA's. Baysider
  • Score: 0

10:39am Fri 14 Feb 14

Squars says...

Well done UKIP, my vote`s heading your way. Wonder how long it`ll take the other parties to copy the gesture?
Well done UKIP, my vote`s heading your way. Wonder how long it`ll take the other parties to copy the gesture? Squars
  • Score: 23

1:21pm Fri 14 Feb 14

60plus says...

Just read Poole do not provide sand bags ,why?
Just read Poole do not provide sand bags ,why? 60plus
  • Score: 0

2:36pm Fri 14 Feb 14

BoscVegas says...

I'm willing to donate 3800 Zlotys.
I'm willing to donate 3800 Zlotys. BoscVegas
  • Score: -7

2:43pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Bob49 says...

sunny1966 wrote:
Good on you UKIP, Some sense through this, local council are a waste of space money grabbing at every opportunity.
A few if their 2010 manifestos, which Farage called drivel, should help to soak up some of the water - along with Farage's euro expense claims forms might help.

£2m this supposedly anti European group ponced off Europe last year. Chope's in the wrong game.
[quote][p][bold]sunny1966[/bold] wrote: Good on you UKIP, Some sense through this, local council are a waste of space money grabbing at every opportunity.[/p][/quote]A few if their 2010 manifestos, which Farage called drivel, should help to soak up some of the water - along with Farage's euro expense claims forms might help. £2m this supposedly anti European group ponced off Europe last year. Chope's in the wrong game. Bob49
  • Score: -8

2:44pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Hessenford says...

sunny1966 wrote:
Good on you UKIP, Some sense through this, local council are a waste of space money grabbing at every opportunity.
Couldn't agree more, vote UKIP and send a shiver down the spines of these arrogant councils.
[quote][p][bold]sunny1966[/bold] wrote: Good on you UKIP, Some sense through this, local council are a waste of space money grabbing at every opportunity.[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more, vote UKIP and send a shiver down the spines of these arrogant councils. Hessenford
  • Score: 16

2:45pm Fri 14 Feb 14

RM says...

Good news all round. In the update to this story. CCC has agreed to reimburse these residents for any anti-flood expenses they've had so far & to provide free sandbags.
Good news all round. In the update to this story. CCC has agreed to reimburse these residents for any anti-flood expenses they've had so far & to provide free sandbags. RM
  • Score: 3

2:48pm Fri 14 Feb 14

s-pb2 says...

Political own goal by the tories. Political masterstroke by UKIP. If Cameron hears about it, he will be furious.
Political own goal by the tories. Political masterstroke by UKIP. If Cameron hears about it, he will be furious. s-pb2
  • Score: 18

4:18pm Fri 14 Feb 14

cromwell9 says...

AT last a party standing up for the TRUE BRITS .
WEll done UKIP,
AT last a party standing up for the TRUE BRITS . WEll done UKIP, cromwell9
  • Score: 14

10:41pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Bob49 says...

cromwell9 wrote:
AT last a party standing up for the TRUE BRITS .
WEll done UKIP,
and a UKIP member/supporter at last letting the mask slip

true brit's eh ?
[quote][p][bold]cromwell9[/bold] wrote: AT last a party standing up for the TRUE BRITS . WEll done UKIP,[/p][/quote]and a UKIP member/supporter at last letting the mask slip true brit's eh ? Bob49
  • Score: -3

10:56pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Rich© says...

& Chris Chope is............. where ? This gesture from UKIP may give the Conservatives a "bloody nose" at the next elections !
& Chris Chope is............. where ? This gesture from UKIP may give the Conservatives a "bloody nose" at the next elections ! Rich©
  • Score: 2

1:19am Sat 15 Feb 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

So why does Poole Council not supply sandbags ? Surely they must have an obligation to do so, especially for those who may be unable to go to a DIY centre.

Who was the person who stated this is council policy and if it is true, who was responsible for making such a nonsense policy in the first place?
So why does Poole Council not supply sandbags ? Surely they must have an obligation to do so, especially for those who may be unable to go to a DIY centre. Who was the person who stated this is council policy and if it is true, who was responsible for making such a nonsense policy in the first place? Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: 1

2:57pm Sat 15 Feb 14

pete woodley says...

I do not think that the majority of people will fall for this vote catching exercise by U.K.I.P.,they are doing the same old thing over at creekmoor,appealing to the very gullible,and buying property on low ground near a river,does not show a lot of brains.
I do not think that the majority of people will fall for this vote catching exercise by U.K.I.P.,they are doing the same old thing over at creekmoor,appealing to the very gullible,and buying property on low ground near a river,does not show a lot of brains. pete woodley
  • Score: 0

4:31pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

pete woodley wrote:
I do not think that the majority of people will fall for this vote catching exercise by U.K.I.P.,they are doing the same old thing over at creekmoor,appealing to the very gullible,and buying property on low ground near a river,does not show a lot of brains.
Why do I get the impression if UKIP did nothing at all you would moan about that as well Pete ? I am sure those in need of the sandbags appreciate the help that UKIP have been giving!
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: I do not think that the majority of people will fall for this vote catching exercise by U.K.I.P.,they are doing the same old thing over at creekmoor,appealing to the very gullible,and buying property on low ground near a river,does not show a lot of brains.[/p][/quote]Why do I get the impression if UKIP did nothing at all you would moan about that as well Pete ? I am sure those in need of the sandbags appreciate the help that UKIP have been giving! Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: 1

6:53pm Sat 15 Feb 14

pete woodley says...

Marty, you well know that the UKIP 's sudden rush to get involved on local issues is vote catching,as for help with sandbags,if they are so stupid to buy property on low ground near to a river then they should be prepared to buy sandbags,and of course if offered funds they like many will take it.
Marty, you well know that the UKIP 's sudden rush to get involved on local issues is vote catching,as for help with sandbags,if they are so stupid to buy property on low ground near to a river then they should be prepared to buy sandbags,and of course if offered funds they like many will take it. pete woodley
  • Score: 1

12:33am Sun 16 Feb 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

Baysider wrote:
BIGTONE wrote:
In Poole, the council does not provide sandbags but directs residents to DIY stores.

Central Government will be taking note.
The Councils will suffer greatly(plus everyone else) because of this.
I'm sure every LA would love to have the funds to supply sandbanks to everyone who would 'like' a sandbag but they have to prioritise them for those that 'need' them don't they. Has there been much flooding in Poole necessitating sandbags then or is this just yet another excuse to have a go at the council.

David Cameron may say money's no object now but it has to be paid for at some time and I suspect it'll just be knocked off the next years settlement and so it would appear do LA's.
Shouldn't they have funds set a side for a 'rainy day'?
.
The Government said they would be reimbursed.
[quote][p][bold]Baysider[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BIGTONE[/bold] wrote: In Poole, the council does not provide sandbags but directs residents to DIY stores. Central Government will be taking note. The Councils will suffer greatly(plus everyone else) because of this.[/p][/quote]I'm sure every LA would love to have the funds to supply sandbanks to everyone who would 'like' a sandbag but they have to prioritise them for those that 'need' them don't they. Has there been much flooding in Poole necessitating sandbags then or is this just yet another excuse to have a go at the council. David Cameron may say money's no object now but it has to be paid for at some time and I suspect it'll just be knocked off the next years settlement and so it would appear do LA's.[/p][/quote]Shouldn't they have funds set a side for a 'rainy day'? . The Government said they would be reimbursed. HRH of Boscombe
  • Score: 1

10:33am Sun 16 Feb 14

Marty Caine UKIP says...

pete woodley wrote:
Marty, you well know that the UKIP 's sudden rush to get involved on local issues is vote catching,as for help with sandbags,if they are so stupid to buy property on low ground near to a river then they should be prepared to buy sandbags,and of course if offered funds they like many will take it.
The council actually relented and offered sandbags, though the residents would have to go and collect them themselves. UKIP members went and collected them, not because it was a vote catching idea but because it was something that needed to be done.
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Marty, you well know that the UKIP 's sudden rush to get involved on local issues is vote catching,as for help with sandbags,if they are so stupid to buy property on low ground near to a river then they should be prepared to buy sandbags,and of course if offered funds they like many will take it.[/p][/quote]The council actually relented and offered sandbags, though the residents would have to go and collect them themselves. UKIP members went and collected them, not because it was a vote catching idea but because it was something that needed to be done. Marty Caine UKIP
  • Score: 2

11:10am Sun 16 Feb 14

Rich© says...

Marty Caine UKIP wrote:
pete woodley wrote:
Marty, you well know that the UKIP 's sudden rush to get involved on local issues is vote catching,as for help with sandbags,if they are so stupid to buy property on low ground near to a river then they should be prepared to buy sandbags,and of course if offered funds they like many will take it.
The council actually relented and offered sandbags, though the residents would have to go and collect them themselves. UKIP members went and collected them, not because it was a vote catching idea but because it was something that needed to be done.
your dammed if you do & dammed if you don't, but I'm sure there are a few people that are very grateful of your help.

I'm not affiliated to any political party, but where was Chris Chope & his band of merry men & women when this was going on ?
[quote][p][bold]Marty Caine UKIP[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: Marty, you well know that the UKIP 's sudden rush to get involved on local issues is vote catching,as for help with sandbags,if they are so stupid to buy property on low ground near to a river then they should be prepared to buy sandbags,and of course if offered funds they like many will take it.[/p][/quote]The council actually relented and offered sandbags, though the residents would have to go and collect them themselves. UKIP members went and collected them, not because it was a vote catching idea but because it was something that needed to be done.[/p][/quote]your dammed if you do & dammed if you don't, but I'm sure there are a few people that are very grateful of your help. I'm not affiliated to any political party, but where was Chris Chope & his band of merry men & women when this was going on ? Rich©
  • Score: 2

1:12pm Sun 16 Feb 14

s-pb2 says...

pete woodley wrote:
I do not think that the majority of people will fall for this vote catching exercise by U.K.I.P.,they are doing the same old thing over at creekmoor,appealing to the very gullible,and buying property on low ground near a river,does not show a lot of brains.
The very gullible have the same number of votes as you or I and this gesture of community spirit will be remembered by many as we are only 13 months from a general election now
[quote][p][bold]pete woodley[/bold] wrote: I do not think that the majority of people will fall for this vote catching exercise by U.K.I.P.,they are doing the same old thing over at creekmoor,appealing to the very gullible,and buying property on low ground near a river,does not show a lot of brains.[/p][/quote]The very gullible have the same number of votes as you or I and this gesture of community spirit will be remembered by many as we are only 13 months from a general election now s-pb2
  • Score: 1

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