Funding now open to caravan owners

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Applications are now being accepted for the Scottish Government Flood Relief Fund from owners of static caravan owners.

It is estimated that over 100 caravans at Ballater Caravan Park were flooded and many destroyed and the fund will also be open to other static caravan owners affected across Aberdeenshire.

Aberdeenshire Council has received over 50 enquires/grant applications from the owners of static caravans and these are being processed.

Owners of static caravans at Ballater Caravan Park will be contacted directly to inform them of the flood relief fund and those who do not receive information are encouraged to fill out an online application form at: online.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/flooding-grant-scheme.

Aboyne, Upper Deeside and Donside Geva Blackett told The Piper she was pleased with the news.

She said: “Many of the static caravan owners affected by the recent devastating floods have been coming to Ballater for many years and are very much part of the community - so I am really pleased at this news as I am sure they will be.

“Hopefully this announcement will help get life back on track in Ballater and the caravan site ready for business at Easter.”

Aberdeenshire Council received £2million from the Scottish Government Flood Relief Fund to support communities affected by recent floods.

Around 500 households and businesses have registered since the fund was announced and payments are now being made (£1,500 for individuals and £3,000 for businesses).

Aberdeenshire Council has processed 226 grant payments (205 for householders and 21 to businesses).

Only those households, static caravan owners and businesses which were directly affected by the flooding in December 2015 and early January 2016 are eligible to apply for the grant.