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Council reveals £1.5m bill for Storm Babet damage

31 Jan 2024 2 minute read
Photo Ben Birchall/PA Wire

Richard Evans, local democracy reporter

A cash-strapped council has revealed that Storm Babet, which hammered parts of Wales last Autumn, cost it around £1.5m in damage.

Speaking at a Conwy cabinet meeting, Cllr Goronwy Edwards, the lead member for the environment, roads, and facilitie, was talking about the authority having to reduce vital services to balance the books when he revealed the extent of the damage caused by the storm.

Babet wreaked havoc across north Wales when it hit between 18-21 October 2023, causing widespread damage, transport delays, and flooding.

Cllr Edwards’ comments follow the recent storms Isha and Jocelyn.

“Look at the storms we are having,” he said.

“Who knows how much cost we’re going to have to pick up with some of these storms? I know that Storm Babet cost us about £1.5m. But it’s still uncertain whether we will get some funding from the Welsh Government towards that, and we are only in the middle of winter now.”

Sea defences 

Conwy is currently investing millions of pounds into its sea defences, predicting an increase in extreme weather incidents increasing with global warming.

But Conwy ratepayers have been warned of an “uncomfortably high” council tax rise and a cut to school budgets as the authority faces a £25m black hole.

Consequently, the council has modelled for an 8%, 9%, 10%, or 11% council tax rise and has indicated school budgets could be cut by a further 6%. Conwy’s department heads have also been asked to identify further savings with a long list of service cuts already proposed.

These include removing litter bins from streets, closing public toilets, reducing grass cutting, slashing library opening hours, ceasing or reducing nappy collections, and increasing garden waste collection fees.

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5 months ago

Global warming means we get hit harder more often.
Buckle up.
(This should become a UK treasury issue)

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
5 months ago

This should come out of ‘rainy day money’…

Best have a word with Messrs. Bumble, Grumble and Fumble in Downing St…

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