Our response to the EA on their proposals for further short-term mesures for Oxford:
Oxford Short Term Measures 2
Thank you for asking for comments on your proposals. Here are ours:
Willow Walk - fine.
Hinksey Stream - welcome. We hope the work will include removal of the trees which
seem to be actually in the stream upstream of the bridge.
Wareham Stream - we think that it is hardly worth maintaining the stream if the sluices
are not renovated. Both inlets from Castle Mill Stream are useless, and the sluice
at the brewery is not operated. Therefore in a flood there is not much flow.
We are disappointed that other, more ambitious, options were not pursued. We believe
there are many things in our document “Building on Success - Suggestions for medium-term
measures to further reduce the risk of flooding in Oxford and the surrounding area”
launched this March, which would be well worth doing and we look forward to discussing
them with you soon.
In the meantime, our top priority remains to achieve a new flood route via Lamarsh
Road in the now very limited time available. We understand that you share this wish
and are working hard at it, which we appreciate. For now we would rather achieve
this than anything else, as we made plain at our meeting in South Hinksey in March.
If funding is not possible in any other way then we think money should be diverted
from one or other of the Short Term Measures 2. They could be done later, whereas
It would be dreadful to fail to implement the Lamarsh scheme. Doing so, on the other
hand, would be a great success and improve the lot of many people who have been flooded
repeatedly and remain at high risk.