Ringwood Town Council have successfully bid for £4000 of funding from Scottish and Southern Electric to support their residents in dealing with flooding and loss of power.

The funding will provide 6 small electricity generators for local residents and business who may lose power for periods of time.

The generators are intended to keep essential items working such as fridges, heating and even TV and radio to keep in touch with events.

It will also allow Ringwood Town Council to keep a supply of ‘self-inflating sandbags’ on hand to deal with immediate issues of flooding.

Chairman of Recreation and Open Spaces Committee Councillor Andrew Briers said ‘I am very pleased we will be able to help in the future, even if it is in a small way. Partnership funding is essential in delivering services without placing additional financial burdens on existing budgets’.

The funding was obtained through SSE’s ‘Resilient Communities Fund’ and will reduce the vulnerability of residents and business who regularly experience flood or loss of power.

Ringwood Town Council have already freed up over £50,000 of 106 funding in the last 18 months to help reduce flooding in the Hightown Road area of the town and continue to work with local residents to reduce this further.

To loan a generator or obtain sand bags for flood defence you should ring Ringwood Town Council on 01425 473883 and make arrangements for collection or delivery.