Local Conservative Leader meets with Cabinet Minister over flood victims

Conservative Councillor and Parliamentary Candidate Spencer Drury met with Secretary of State Owen Paterson to raise concerns over the treatment of Eltham's flood victims by insurance companies.  Spencer presented Mr Paterson with a note from residents and a letter summarising his concerns over the way residents had been treated.     The core concerns were:

• The length of time it had taken for residents to get work started and completed on their properties.  Spencer specifically raised the issue of Fred Seago and his family who after five months were still without a kitchen, with floor boards up and eating in the summer house which was built only months before the flood.

• The penny pinching attitude of insurance companies who are refusing to reimburse residents for the full cost of flood damage, including only decorating up to the dado rail in some properties or suggesting contents insurance was actually split half and half between upstairs and downstairs (thus halving their liability). 

Spencer said “I was astonished when a resident called me at the start of this month to inform me that little progress had been made in restoring their houses to a liveable condition.  As a result, I am extremely grateful to Owen for agreeing to  see  me.  He reassured me that the behaviour of the insurance companies on Westhorne Avenue was completely wrong and he would raise it with them personally at a meeting he has planned for next week. Hopefully it will mean things finally start moving forward for them.”