UPDATE: Christchurch council forced into U-turn and pledge to refund flood-hit residents for sandbags

Bournemouth Echo: Christchurch council forced into U-turn and pledge to refund flood-hit residents for sandbags Christchurch council forced into U-turn and pledge to refund flood-hit residents for sandbags

CHRISTCHURCH council has been forced into an embarrassing climbdown and has pledged to refund flood-hit residents who bought their own sandbags.

After initially refusing to provide residents of Conifer Close with free sandbags or plastic sheeting because the threat of flooding was not serious enough, the council is now offering to help them protect their properties.

The council’s senior emergency planning officer will visit residents in the Stourbanks flats this afternoon to discuss what measures are needed to protect residents and property in the event of a deterioration in the weather.

Residents are being assured they will not have to pay for any additional measures and they will be reimbursed for the emergency measures they have already put in place.

The u-turn comes after Prime Minister David Cameron publicly stated that no councils should be charging for sandbags. Representatives from the local UK Independence Party offered to raise funds for residents and Christchurch council’s stance was criticised in the national media.

Resident Paul Richards said: “The council has now agreed to obey the Government orders not to charge for sandbags but we’re in a situation where the council still make it as hard as possible for us to get them.

“They iniitially told us they could not deliver sandbags and we would have to get them from Furzehill ourselves, which bearing in mind we are an elderly community is not that easy. We are now waiting to hear a definite decision on whether they will deliver them or not.

“It’s just very frustrating that we have had to wait this long to get the most basic help.”

The council said Cllr Sue Spittle visited residents of Conifer Close last night and they would be returning today "to investigate whether any further defences are needed to protect their properties."

Cllr Spittle said: “We understand that, having suffered a flood at Christmas, the residents are concerned that it could happen again. Although river levels are currently much lower than they were at Christmas, as a gesture of goodwill we will be reimbursing them for the emergency prevention measures they have put in place themselves.

“Our senior emergency planning officer has been in touch with a representative of the residents and is meeting him today.

"The purpose of the meeting is to plan what action will be taken to further protect residents and property in the event of a deterioration in current conditions.

"If additional measures need to be put in place, there will be no cost to the residents.”

Cllr Ray Nottage, Leader of Christchurch Council, added: “With the current bad weather there is a possibility of flooding in the Borough.

"We will be providing sandbags to our residents free of charge where flooding may be imminent. If anyone is concerned about a possible flooding, they should contact our customer services officers on 01202 405000 and we will give them the latest advice.

"If necessary, people will be able to collect sandbags from the Civic Offices with no charge.”

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10:52am Fri 14 Feb 14

ukipifyouwant2 says...

A VICTORY for Common Sense.

And thank you Echo for continuing to report the Madness of McIntosh, and his merry band of Conservative Councillors.
A VICTORY for Common Sense. And thank you Echo for continuing to report the Madness of McIntosh, and his merry band of Conservative Councillors. ukipifyouwant2

10:53am Fri 14 Feb 14

simnic says...

Flippin' good job to. the council make enough money from the council tax and to expect more money from people who clearly need the help is disgusting, The council should have agreed the sandbags to people for free without the intervention of the governement. i bet the people who work for the council and their houses were flooding they would have had them for free.
Flippin' good job to. the council make enough money from the council tax and to expect more money from people who clearly need the help is disgusting, The council should have agreed the sandbags to people for free without the intervention of the governement. i bet the people who work for the council and their houses were flooding they would have had them for free. simnic

10:59am Fri 14 Feb 14

John T says...

Will Cllr Atkinson also now be instructing Poole Council to give sacks to her flood-hit residents, or does she only give the sack to her former friends?!?
Will Cllr Atkinson also now be instructing Poole Council to give sacks to her flood-hit residents, or does she only give the sack to her former friends?!? John T

11:37am Fri 14 Feb 14

whataboutthat says...

Ring up B&Q, get 400 delivered, bill council. After floods store bags in one of the garages never used for next winter. Initiative floor plain dwellers!
Ring up B&Q, get 400 delivered, bill council. After floods store bags in one of the garages never used for next winter. Initiative floor plain dwellers! whataboutthat

11:40am Fri 14 Feb 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

Arrest Chope and his cretinous, corrupt band of parasites and put them in the stocks by the Priory. Personally I wouldn't spit on him if he was on fire.
.
This is criminal behaviour! They knew they would be reimbursed by the government but sought to line their own pockets at the expense of desperate taxpayers in a crisis.
.
Not only that but they also tried to extort their resident at £30 for a measly 4 sandbags.
.
They're £1.31 a bag from Wickes! Get rid of these grubby criminals
Arrest Chope and his cretinous, corrupt band of parasites and put them in the stocks by the Priory. Personally I wouldn't spit on him if he was on fire. . This is criminal behaviour! They knew they would be reimbursed by the government but sought to line their own pockets at the expense of desperate taxpayers in a crisis. . Not only that but they also tried to extort their resident at £30 for a measly 4 sandbags. . They're £1.31 a bag from Wickes! Get rid of these grubby criminals HRH of Boscombe

11:57am Fri 14 Feb 14

Jetwasher says...

HRH of Boscombe wrote:
Arrest Chope and his cretinous, corrupt band of parasites and put them in the stocks by the Priory. Personally I wouldn't spit on him if he was on fire.
.
This is criminal behaviour! They knew they would be reimbursed by the government but sought to line their own pockets at the expense of desperate taxpayers in a crisis.
.
Not only that but they also tried to extort their resident at £30 for a measly 4 sandbags.
.
They're £1.31 a bag from Wickes! Get rid of these grubby criminals
Totally agree with you. I think Mr Chope is keeping a very low profile is he about or on holiday ?
[quote][p][bold]HRH of Boscombe[/bold] wrote: Arrest Chope and his cretinous, corrupt band of parasites and put them in the stocks by the Priory. Personally I wouldn't spit on him if he was on fire. . This is criminal behaviour! They knew they would be reimbursed by the government but sought to line their own pockets at the expense of desperate taxpayers in a crisis. . Not only that but they also tried to extort their resident at £30 for a measly 4 sandbags. . They're £1.31 a bag from Wickes! Get rid of these grubby criminals[/p][/quote]Totally agree with you. I think Mr Chope is keeping a very low profile is he about or on holiday ? Jetwasher

12:15pm Fri 14 Feb 14

uberbloke says...

Emailed Chope using www.writetothem.com yesterday pointing him to the previous echo story/comments...

Not had a reply!

Why don't the rest of you give it a go; he might start getting the point...

You can also try
office@christchurchc
onservatives.com
and
chopec@parliament.uk
Emailed Chope using www.writetothem.com yesterday pointing him to the previous echo story/comments... Not had a reply! Why don't the rest of you give it a go; he might start getting the point... You can also try office@christchurchc onservatives.com and chopec@parliament.uk uberbloke

12:17pm Fri 14 Feb 14

uberbloke says...

ohhh might be time to edit his wikipedia entry as well

http://en.wikipedia.
org/wiki/Christopher
_Chope
ohhh might be time to edit his wikipedia entry as well http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Christopher _Chope uberbloke

1:20pm Fri 14 Feb 14

twynham says...

uberbloke wrote:
ohhh might be time to edit his wikipedia entry as well

http://en.wikipedia.

org/wiki/Christopher

_Chope
Just had a look at his Wikipedia entry.
Apparently he serves on the Panel of Chairs.
Could explain why he billed us for £881 for repairs to his Chesterfield sofa!
Also, his original nickname was Chopper, very close to what a lot of people think he is now.
[quote][p][bold]uberbloke[/bold] wrote: ohhh might be time to edit his wikipedia entry as well http://en.wikipedia. org/wiki/Christopher _Chope[/p][/quote]Just had a look at his Wikipedia entry. Apparently he serves on the Panel of Chairs. Could explain why he billed us for £881 for repairs to his Chesterfield sofa! Also, his original nickname was Chopper, very close to what a lot of people think he is now. twynham

2:33pm Fri 14 Feb 14

RM says...

Wonder if the link to the original story in the Echo about CCC charging for sandbags put as a comment on Guido Fawkes blog last night, the text message sent to Sky News & the comment on the CCC website that this had been done had any effect?
Wonder if the link to the original story in the Echo about CCC charging for sandbags put as a comment on Guido Fawkes blog last night, the text message sent to Sky News & the comment on the CCC website that this had been done had any effect? RM

2:38pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Hessenford says...

Just vote them out at the next elections, no amount of moaning on here will do any good because they don't listen, hit them where it hurts most, at the ballot box.
When they come knocking on your door canvassing for votes simply tell them to go away in stronger terms.
Perhaps now the older generation of Christchurch will realise what an uncaring bunch of cretins they are, especially Chope who shouldn't be in office anyway, he's the most uncaring, ignorant and arrogant person I have ever had the misfortune to come across.
Just vote them out at the next elections, no amount of moaning on here will do any good because they don't listen, hit them where it hurts most, at the ballot box. When they come knocking on your door canvassing for votes simply tell them to go away in stronger terms. Perhaps now the older generation of Christchurch will realise what an uncaring bunch of cretins they are, especially Chope who shouldn't be in office anyway, he's the most uncaring, ignorant and arrogant person I have ever had the misfortune to come across. Hessenford

2:58pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Hessenford says...

Bournemouth and Poole council have announced that there will be no council tax increase this year, bet its different with money grabbing Chope at the helm of Christchurch Council, he has a reason to increase the council tax now he has to refund all the money his council stole from residents for sandbags
Bournemouth and Poole council have announced that there will be no council tax increase this year, bet its different with money grabbing Chope at the helm of Christchurch Council, he has a reason to increase the council tax now he has to refund all the money his council stole from residents for sandbags Hessenford

3:47pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Bob49 says...

There does seem to be quite a bit of over exitement here. As seen, sand bags are a cheap as chips when bought from a local supplier, or even over the internet.

Why not simply do that rather than expect the council to sort it out for you ?

ps I wonder what the response from these residents would be if it was a council estate and the tenants were complaining about the council not doing it for them.
There does seem to be quite a bit of over exitement here. As seen, sand bags are a cheap as chips when bought from a local supplier, or even over the internet. Why not simply do that rather than expect the council to sort it out for you ? ps I wonder what the response from these residents would be if it was a council estate and the tenants were complaining about the council not doing it for them. Bob49

5:29pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Afcbpete says...

HRH of Boscombe wrote:
Arrest Chope and his cretinous, corrupt band of parasites and put them in the stocks by the Priory. Personally I wouldn't spit on him if he was on fire.
.
This is criminal behaviour! They knew they would be reimbursed by the government but sought to line their own pockets at the expense of desperate taxpayers in a crisis.
.
Not only that but they also tried to extort their resident at £30 for a measly 4 sandbags.
.
They're £1.31 a bag from Wickes! Get rid of these grubby criminals
Couldn't agree more!!
[quote][p][bold]HRH of Boscombe[/bold] wrote: Arrest Chope and his cretinous, corrupt band of parasites and put them in the stocks by the Priory. Personally I wouldn't spit on him if he was on fire. . This is criminal behaviour! They knew they would be reimbursed by the government but sought to line their own pockets at the expense of desperate taxpayers in a crisis. . Not only that but they also tried to extort their resident at £30 for a measly 4 sandbags. . They're £1.31 a bag from Wickes! Get rid of these grubby criminals[/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more!! Afcbpete

8:03pm Fri 14 Feb 14

apm1954 says...

tory council ?
tory council ? apm1954

8:19pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Bob49 says...

Let's remind ourselves what an odious character Chope is

voted against the minimum wage

voted to stop a bill which would ptrotect the poorest countries from debt sharks

refered to house of Commons staff as servants and was the lone MP who tried to block the debate on the Hillsborough tragedy as he felt MP's pensions were more worthy of debate

yet he was happy to be claiming £881 from us to fix a sofa

and whilst his constuency is suffering from the consequences of severe weather he has hosted a debate of climate change deniers

but the biggest irony is those who are bleating about how bad things are and how little he has done are the self same folk who continue to elect this self serving wretch

maybe some of these folk might care to look up the words attributed to Pastor Neimuller and reflect on when it was the poor, when it was the lowly paid and when he was fleecing the taxpayer they did what ... they re-elected him

now that it is their turn......
Let's remind ourselves what an odious character Chope is voted against the minimum wage voted to stop a bill which would ptrotect the poorest countries from debt sharks refered to house of Commons staff as servants and was the lone MP who tried to block the debate on the Hillsborough tragedy as he felt MP's pensions were more worthy of debate yet he was happy to be claiming £881 from us to fix a sofa and whilst his constuency is suffering from the consequences of severe weather he has hosted a debate of climate change deniers but the biggest irony is those who are bleating about how bad things are and how little he has done are the self same folk who continue to elect this self serving wretch maybe some of these folk might care to look up the words attributed to Pastor Neimuller and reflect on when it was the poor, when it was the lowly paid and when he was fleecing the taxpayer they did what ... they re-elected him now that it is their turn...... Bob49

8:26pm Fri 14 Feb 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

Jetwasher wrote:
HRH of Boscombe wrote:
Arrest Chope and his cretinous, corrupt band of parasites and put them in the stocks by the Priory. Personally I wouldn't spit on him if he was on fire.
.
This is criminal behaviour! They knew they would be reimbursed by the government but sought to line their own pockets at the expense of desperate taxpayers in a crisis.
.
Not only that but they also tried to extort their resident at £30 for a measly 4 sandbags.
.
They're £1.31 a bag from Wickes! Get rid of these grubby criminals
Totally agree with you. I think Mr Chope is keeping a very low profile is he about or on holiday ?
That wet wimp needs to be taken to task by every man, woman and child that sees him until he fully explains why he has tried to extort, con and rob his electorate in their most desperate hours of need.
.
Effigies of this spineless maggot should be should be hung in every street of Christchurch until this discrepancy can be explained!
.
Oh hope you're having a lovely holiday Mr Chope. Well you may have to cancel the 'Sand Bag' cruise now!
[quote][p][bold]Jetwasher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HRH of Boscombe[/bold] wrote: Arrest Chope and his cretinous, corrupt band of parasites and put them in the stocks by the Priory. Personally I wouldn't spit on him if he was on fire. . This is criminal behaviour! They knew they would be reimbursed by the government but sought to line their own pockets at the expense of desperate taxpayers in a crisis. . Not only that but they also tried to extort their resident at £30 for a measly 4 sandbags. . They're £1.31 a bag from Wickes! Get rid of these grubby criminals[/p][/quote]Totally agree with you. I think Mr Chope is keeping a very low profile is he about or on holiday ?[/p][/quote]That wet wimp needs to be taken to task by every man, woman and child that sees him until he fully explains why he has tried to extort, con and rob his electorate in their most desperate hours of need. . Effigies of this spineless maggot should be should be hung in every street of Christchurch until this discrepancy can be explained! . Oh hope you're having a lovely holiday Mr Chope. Well you may have to cancel the 'Sand Bag' cruise now! HRH of Boscombe

8:40pm Fri 14 Feb 14

jasmith says...

Jetwasher wrote:
HRH of Boscombe wrote:
Arrest Chope and his cretinous, corrupt band of parasites and put them in the stocks by the Priory. Personally I wouldn't spit on him if he was on fire.
.
This is criminal behaviour! They knew they would be reimbursed by the government but sought to line their own pockets at the expense of desperate taxpayers in a crisis.
.
Not only that but they also tried to extort their resident at £30 for a measly 4 sandbags.
.
They're £1.31 a bag from Wickes! Get rid of these grubby criminals
Totally agree with you. I think Mr Chope is keeping a very low profile is he about or on holiday ?
Why are they voted negatively by readers? Is what they say not true?
[quote][p][bold]Jetwasher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HRH of Boscombe[/bold] wrote: Arrest Chope and his cretinous, corrupt band of parasites and put them in the stocks by the Priory. Personally I wouldn't spit on him if he was on fire. . This is criminal behaviour! They knew they would be reimbursed by the government but sought to line their own pockets at the expense of desperate taxpayers in a crisis. . Not only that but they also tried to extort their resident at £30 for a measly 4 sandbags. . They're £1.31 a bag from Wickes! Get rid of these grubby criminals[/p][/quote]Totally agree with you. I think Mr Chope is keeping a very low profile is he about or on holiday ?[/p][/quote]Why are they voted negatively by readers? Is what they say not true? jasmith

9:41pm Fri 14 Feb 14

HRH of Boscombe says...

jasmith wrote:
Jetwasher wrote:
HRH of Boscombe wrote:
Arrest Chope and his cretinous, corrupt band of parasites and put them in the stocks by the Priory. Personally I wouldn't spit on him if he was on fire.
.
This is criminal behaviour! They knew they would be reimbursed by the government but sought to line their own pockets at the expense of desperate taxpayers in a crisis.
.
Not only that but they also tried to extort their resident at £30 for a measly 4 sandbags.
.
They're £1.31 a bag from Wickes! Get rid of these grubby criminals
Totally agree with you. I think Mr Chope is keeping a very low profile is he about or on holiday ?
Why are they voted negatively by readers? Is what they say not true?
Slimy coward's probably hiding in his bedroom begging the 'Pleb Co' to back him.
.
Who else would or could support such a callous public crook?
[quote][p][bold]jasmith[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jetwasher[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HRH of Boscombe[/bold] wrote: Arrest Chope and his cretinous, corrupt band of parasites and put them in the stocks by the Priory. Personally I wouldn't spit on him if he was on fire. . This is criminal behaviour! They knew they would be reimbursed by the government but sought to line their own pockets at the expense of desperate taxpayers in a crisis. . Not only that but they also tried to extort their resident at £30 for a measly 4 sandbags. . They're £1.31 a bag from Wickes! Get rid of these grubby criminals[/p][/quote]Totally agree with you. I think Mr Chope is keeping a very low profile is he about or on holiday ?[/p][/quote]Why are they voted negatively by readers? Is what they say not true?[/p][/quote]Slimy coward's probably hiding in his bedroom begging the 'Pleb Co' to back him. . Who else would or could support such a callous public crook? HRH of Boscombe

9:02am Sat 15 Feb 14

LJT1966 says...

My nearly 1k council tax a year as a single working parent I would happily contribute 25% of that to help our local residents in need. The Tory council should be shaking in their boots with the amount of bad press they have had lately. They just don't give a hoot what the locals want anymore. Shame on you.
My nearly 1k council tax a year as a single working parent I would happily contribute 25% of that to help our local residents in need. The Tory council should be shaking in their boots with the amount of bad press they have had lately. They just don't give a hoot what the locals want anymore. Shame on you. LJT1966

4:32pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Bob49 says...

LJT1966 wrote:
My nearly 1k council tax a year as a single working parent I would happily contribute 25% of that to help our local residents in need. The Tory council should be shaking in their boots with the amount of bad press they have had lately. They just don't give a hoot what the locals want anymore. Shame on you.
because they know there are enough deluded halfwits who will dutifully trot down to the voting booth and place their cross as instructed

I would add that Christchurch could put a blue rossette on a pig and it would still get elected, but I won't because I knew what some naughty folk will reply with ....
[quote][p][bold]LJT1966[/bold] wrote: My nearly 1k council tax a year as a single working parent I would happily contribute 25% of that to help our local residents in need. The Tory council should be shaking in their boots with the amount of bad press they have had lately. They just don't give a hoot what the locals want anymore. Shame on you.[/p][/quote]because they know there are enough deluded halfwits who will dutifully trot down to the voting booth and place their cross as instructed I would add that Christchurch could put a blue rossette on a pig and it would still get elected, but I won't because I knew what some naughty folk will reply with .... Bob49

4:43pm Sat 15 Feb 14

brian74 says...

trying to charge for sandbags !!!!!! what next........

Will the Council sell the wood from the four trees that were 'ACCIDENTALLY' cut down for fire wood to residents......

Don't forget DRUITT gardens......
trying to charge for sandbags !!!!!! what next........ Will the Council sell the wood from the four trees that were 'ACCIDENTALLY' cut down for fire wood to residents...... Don't forget DRUITT gardens...... brian74

7:25pm Sat 15 Feb 14

mytown1 says...

Cllr Spittle is quoted as saying "as a gesture of goodwill" in the article. Who does she think she is? Can she really not come up with anything more than that. We are not talking about taking something back to a store we are talking about people's safety and homes for goodness sake!
Cllr Spittle is quoted as saying "as a gesture of goodwill" in the article. Who does she think she is? Can she really not come up with anything more than that. We are not talking about taking something back to a store we are talking about people's safety and homes for goodness sake! mytown1

12:47pm Mon 17 Feb 14

Justin Black says...

uberbloke wrote:
Emailed Chope using www.writetothem.com yesterday pointing him to the previous echo story/comments...

Not had a reply!

Why don't the rest of you give it a go; he might start getting the point...

You can also try
office@christchurchc

onservatives.com
and
chopec@parliament.uk
If you write to Christopher Chope at the office@christchurchc
onservatives.com, the e-mail goes to the office of Judy Jamieson his agent and chairman of Burton Parish Council and ruler of Christchurch Conservatives.
[quote][p][bold]uberbloke[/bold] wrote: Emailed Chope using www.writetothem.com yesterday pointing him to the previous echo story/comments... Not had a reply! Why don't the rest of you give it a go; he might start getting the point... You can also try office@christchurchc onservatives.com and chopec@parliament.uk[/p][/quote]If you write to Christopher Chope at the office@christchurchc onservatives.com, the e-mail goes to the office of Judy Jamieson his agent and chairman of Burton Parish Council and ruler of Christchurch Conservatives. Justin Black

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