Call for action on flood insurance

Major flooding by the Riverside Leisure Centre in Morpeth in September 2012. Picture by Jane Coltman.
Major flooding by the Riverside Leisure Centre in Morpeth in September 2012. Picture by Jane Coltman.

The leader of Northumberland County Council has demanded that the Government take urgent action over flood insurance for Morpeth residents.

Grant Davey is in the process of contacting the environment minister and the floods minister to demand that databases are updated to help people in the town obtain cover at reasonable rates.

Morpeth was badly hit by flooding in both September 2008 and 2012. A £26million flood alleviation scheme was completed in the summer and it has reduced the risk to thousands of homes and businesses.

However, a significant number of people living in parts of the town have not seen any reduced quotes for home insurance – with some residents getting quotes of several thousand pounds.

Coun Davey said: “The situation for Morpeth residents with their insurance levels is extremely frustrating.

“It’s ridiculous that people are having to ask for specific letters from the Environment Agency when the organisation could easily update its database rather than making extra work for already hard hit residents.

“You would think that handing around £12million of taxpayers’ money over to the Environment Agency would urge it to get its end of the bargain tied down, but clearly this hasn’t happened – probably due to the significant cuts the agency itself has experienced.”