Marine industry’s plight must be heard in post-flooding inquest, says BMF
Many businesses have been hit hard by the recent extreme weather conditions. If your marina, brokerage, sailing club or the local waterways you enjoy have been affected by the recent floods, and you want to raise your voice as the Government makes plans for flood recovery, the best way to do so is through the British Marine Federation.
You can find out how the BMF is promoting the interests of its members and the wider marine industry via the Flooding Support page dedicated web page that has just been set up.
This is a central point online from which the BMF can communicate what’s happening regarding flooded areas, what recovery assistance will be available, and how the organization is reacting and supporting the sector. There is also a communication framework in place, allowing individuals to spell out how they have been adversely affected by flooding in early 2014.
Inquiry into future flood maintenance measures
The BMF says it will be working extremely hard in the coming weeks to ensure that the industry’s voice is heard in the post-flooding inquest that will now take place across Government and within Parliament. The influential Parliamentary Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (EFRA) Select Committee have opened an Inquiry to examine the approach to flood maintenance measures. The BMF will be submitting written evidence and seeking to appear before the Committee to present the industry’s views. The organisation will also be lobbying Ministerial and MP contacts to make the case for specific flood recovery support for this sector.
The aim is to gather as much information as possible from members affected by the recent flooding. “This information will support our evidence based approach when we discuss, with Government, how flooding has affected the leisure marine industry and how Government intends to react and support our sector,” says the BMF.
The website also provides all the latest information on what relief measures are available to flood affected businesses. “We will continue to monitor all Government announcements, making sure that our Flooding Support Page is your 1-stop-shop for information.”
Feedback request from BMF members
Every BMF member has been emailed asking if they have been affected by the flooding and to complete a short feedback form, providing evidence of their experience. This feedback form is also available on our Flooding Support Page. If you would like to contribute to the BMF evidence, please complete the feedback form and return it to [email protected] by 3 March 2014.