Tell Southern Water: support local businesses and residents now
In recent months we have seen major flooding for the second time in Hastings town centre and the taps running dry for up to 8 days in the Rye area. For many small businesses and local residents these incidents have caused severe financial strain; lost trade, damaged goods and ruined homes.
It is clear that OFWAT compensation guidelines (OFWAT Standards of Service scheme) are not enough and the Government urgently need to reform these. But right now, I am calling on Southern Water to do the right thing to stop small businesses and residents in Hastings and Rye paying the price for these failings:
1. Issue emergency grants to the small businesses and residents flooded for the second time this year in Hastings Town Centre
2. Compensate Rye small businesses fairly for the disruption and lost earnings caused by going beyond the OFWAT legal minimums. £75 for a business that has lost £30,000 cannot be right.