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Pre-launch of the Flood Advisory Service in Truro, Cornwall

The Flood Advisory Service held the pre-launch of the Roadshow Trailer in conjunction with the Cornwall Community Flood Forum Conference.

“Cornwall Community Flood Forum was delighted to welcome the Flood Advisory Service to Truro on the 1st October for the pre-launch of its road show trailer.  We were all impressed to see the quality of the display and the interactive facility to enable members of the public to identify their flood risk and to see first hand the types of products that are available on the open market to make their properties flood resistant.  The ability of the trailer to turn up as and where needed will prove to be a particular benefit to more isolated flood vulnerable communities where independent ‘face to face’ advice has previously been scarce.

In Cornwall, it has always proved a challenge for individual property owners to access Kite Marked flood resilience products fitted by appropriately trained and accredited installers.  Because of this, many residents have chosen to use reputable local tradesmen who have general building experience to great success.  However, others have been disappointed with the results due to the tradesmen’s lack of experience or understanding of the full range of measures needed to prevent the ingress of flood water.  Others have fallen victim to less reputable individuals who have simply taken advantage of their vulnerability at a distressing time.

It is hoped that as the Flood Advisory Service becomes established, and more manufacturers, suppliers and installers of flood protection measures participate in the road show, the choice of products and reassurance of quality will increase for the general public to enable more property owners to benefit from the choice they rightly deserve.”

Martin Alvey
Community Flood Resilience Manager

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Luci Isaacson, Chair of Cornwall Community Flood Forum added “The conference has been a huge success and having Sarah Marriott speak was definitely one of the highlights. The impressive mobile trailer being here in the centre of Truro has a been a great addition and judging from how busy it was today then I am sure the local community have felt the benefit from all the free help and advice too. The Flood Advisory Service will provide an essential first point of contact for not just our community members but for all people throughout the UK, as it tours around, that are worried about the impact of flooding.”

Local MP Sarah Newton added “I was so pleased to attend both the Cornwall Community Flood Forum conference today and also the pre-launch of the Flood Advisory Service mobile trailer here in the centre of Truro. Sarah Marriott and her team should be delighted with the level of interest on the trailer and it’s truly heartening to see so many people getting impartial advice on flood defence, a topic sadly that affects so many local people.”

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Sarah Marriott, Flood Advisory Service MD, with Dan Rogerson, who was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Water, Forestry, Resource Management and Rural Affairs from 2013-2015, and MP for North Cornwall from 2005-2015

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Sarah Marriott with resident of Truro on board the FAS Trailer.

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Sarah Newton, MP for Truro & Falmouth (left), Sarah Marriott (centre) and Luci Isaacson, Chair of Cornwall Community Flood Forum and Director of Climate Vision (right).

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Kelly Merriman (centre) with visitors to the FAS Trailer in Truro.

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