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South Hinksey

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Wolvercote

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Binsey

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Osney Island

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S Oxford /

Hinksey Park

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Hinksey and other streams

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Botley Road area

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Kennington and Redbridge

Click the pictures to find out about each area

Disclaimer

 

users of this website should note the DISCLAIMER and note on insurance advice

February 2014

 

More floods in Oxford in January and now again.

 

Partners are focused and working hard on securing a long-term solution.

 

The Oxford floodplain narrows markedly, both geologically and because of railway,roads and buildings, in the Redbridge/north Kennington area. Water builds up, flooding Oxford. This is happening every two or three years. It causes immediate damage and distress to homeowners and businesses, difficulty with road and rail transport, with deliveries and with getting to work. In the longer term it is damaging Oxford's reputation as a place to do business.

 

The only long-term solution on the table is the multi-partner OXFORD RELIEF RIVER (previously known as the Western Conveyance) designed to reduce flooding to once in every 75 years. A decision will be taken in the next two months. In our view, other ideas, such as making changes upstream to hold water back, would not  be enough on their own to overcome the problems of the narowing of the floodplain described above.

 

To pay for the Oxford Relief River (Western Conveyance) we need 123 million pounds.

By working together NOW we can, and WILL, achieve our target.

A final decision will be made in APRIL.

These organisations are already supportive of the Oxford Relief River scheme:

 

DEFRA - a grant can be anticipated

 

Thames Regional Flood & Coastal Committee -  a grant can be anticipated

 

Oxfordshire County Council - Lead Local Flood Authority

 

Oxford City Council - is backing the scheme

 

We hope that these organisations, who will all benefit, will want to contribute.  Discussions are ongoing.

 

Vale of White Horse District Council

South Oxfordshire District Council

Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership

"Big business"

Network Rail

Thames Water

Scottish & Southern Energy, SSE

Oxford University

Oxford Brookes University

If everybody contributes the target is achievable.

Oxford will be free of the blight of frequent flooding.

Both our Oxford MPs - Nicola Blackwood (Oxford West & Abingdon) and Andrew Smith (Oxford East) - are strongly backing the scheme and working hard to make it happen.

IF YOU LOVE OXFORD AND HATE FLOODING, READ ON.

A FLOOD-FREE OXFORD IS NOT AN UNATTAINABLE DREAM - IT'S WITHIN OUR GRASP, RIGHT NOW.

IF WE WORK TOGETHER IT REALLY IS ACHIEVABLE..

NEWS, 19 FEB 2014

 

Meeting at No. 10 today.

Some encouraging news:

 

http://www.oxford.gov.uk/PageRender/decN/newsarticle.htm?newsarticle_itemid=53905

19 March 2014

Read more about Oxford's  flooding and  the Western Conveyance proposal.