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Flood of unfairness
1:03pm Wednesday 25th April 2012 in Letters
Sir – How can the following be fair: After the floods of 2007, we purchased Floodguard flood doors to help protect our home, should another event occur. The cost was about £5,000. Our insurance claim following the flood was around £130,000.
Six other houses in our lane were similarly affected, but I believe we were the only house to take steps to protect ourselves for the future.
In the autumn of 2011, West Oxfordshire District Council obtained approximately £25,000 from the Environment Agency to install property-based protection for our lane.
This work was completed in November 2011 in the form of Floodguard flood doors, with the result that the other six homes are now protected with the same measures as ours, but at no cost to the homeowners.
We enquired whether reimbursement was possible for the very same doors we had fitted previously at our own expense. The answer was, sadly, ‘no’. We hear a lot from Downing Street about fairness, which does not not seem available in West Oxfordshire.
Jill Fox, Milton-under-Wychwood