Good turnout for Witney Flood Protection Fair
Over 1,000 people visited the District's first Flood Protection Products Fair in Witney on Friday (16th November).
Entry to the fair was free. It was widely publicised by the Council and letters were also sent to residents who have received a £250 flood relief grant as well as businesses that were victims during the July floods.
Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for the Environment at West Oxfordshire District Council said, "This is the first time the Council has organised an event of this nature and we wanted to hold it prior to the winter and give residents and business an opportunity to see for themselves what products were available. Having so many manufactures and suppliers in the same place meant people could see a range of ideas and solutions as well as getting advice and information from the Environment Agency and the Council.
The National Flood Forum, who organised the event with West Oxfordshire District Council and the Environment Agency, said it was one of the best attended events it has ever been involved with.
Mary Dhonau from the National Flood Forum also said: We are very, very pleased that so many people have come to see what they can do to help themselves. It has been a huge success.
Flood Protection Product companies came from all over the country and they also commented on the success of the Fair. Pat Curran from Floodwall said, We have been very busy all day. The Fair has obviously been very well publicised and that makes a big difference.
For anyone who was unable to attend the event, The National Flood Forum produce a directory of flood protection products and services called Blue Pages. It gives details of what a product does, where it can be obtained and contact / web site details. A copy of Blue Pages can be downloaded from the Council's website flood information section: www.westoxon.gov.uk/flooding.
To date over 900 flood relief grants of £250 have been awarded to residents by the Council. Anyone wishing to apply for this funding should complete an online application form at www.westoxon.gov.uk/flooding. Alternatively, visit one of the council reception areas or Town Centre Shops or call (01993) 861000. The closing date for applications is 31 December 2007.
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