Published 17 August 2011
Ealing Council has set aside a £250,000 fund to help areas affected by last week’s riots.
Council Leader Julian Bell made the announcement at a special meeting of the full council last night (Tuesday), which was called to discuss the violence and how the borough should respond.
The fund is already being put to use to help small independent businesses affected. Those small traders that suffered damage from vandals and looters are being given a £1,200 payment to help them pay for things like new glazing and repairs. The council is contacting those businesses directly to offer them the payment.
The council has offered a £20,000 interest free repayable grant to the worst affected small traders, which are likely to have to remain closed for up to six months. The money is intended to help them in the short-term while they wait for insurance or compensation to be received.
The council is also giving each small business affected a named officer who will provide advice and liaise with other organisations on their behalf.
A meeting for businesses will take place at Ealing Town Hall on Thursday, 18 August, 6.30-8pm, with a second event next week on Wednesday, 24 August, 6.30-8pm at St James Church, St James Avenue, West Ealing. Affected businesses are welcome to attend whichever event is more convenient to them.
The council, police, Business in the Community and Ealing Broadway BID will attend the meetings. Traders will be able to get advice about issues such as planning applications, making insurance claims and improving security. Businesses are also being asked to bring their ideas for what else the council could do to help the area recover.
Council Leader, Councillor Julian Bell, said: “We must do all we can to help our small, independent businesses get back on their feet. We’re keen to find out from them what they think we could do to help them and want them to come along to the meetings to tell us their ideas.
“We all know it can take quite some time for insurance companies to payout, so it’s only right we give traders that suffered direct damage a payment now to help with immediate expenses like glazing and repairs. I’m sure the £20,000 repayable grant will also make a huge difference to those people whose business premises were almost completely destroyed.
“We’ve been overwhelmed with offers of support, but one of the best way people can help is quite simply to shop, eat and drink locally.”