A hotel in Cockermouth which has been badly flooded twice in six years is to spend up to £350k on flood defences, after insurance negotiations fell through.
The Trout Hotel was forced to close for eight months after the flooding in December last year and the hotel’s finance director has been unable to renew its insurance, which expires at the end of this month.
And as a result, general manager Sue Eccles has seen new flood defences as a priority and will invest between £250k to £350k on installing a range of systems to ensure the hotel isn’t hit by flooding again.
Aside from a range of defences – from flood-proof windows, doors and frames to slot-in flood barriers – Eccles is planning to create a specialised ‘flood team’ to protect the building even further.
The company has applied to Allerdale council for permission to make the changes and hopes to have the measures in place ahead of the cold winter snap in November.