In an area as large and complex as Oxford, with many waterways and much building,
there are many things which might possibly be done to reduce flood risk. Constraints
on what can in practice be done depend on several things. The need to ensure that
improving things in one area does not worsen the situation elsewhere is vital. Money
is a limiting factor. Getting things done is not made any easier by the fact that
a number of authorities are involved including the Environment Agency, Oxford City
Council, Oxfordshire County Council, Thames Water and Network Rail.
We have worked by putting forward practical suggestions and trying to get the authorities
to work together to implement these. The individual Project pages - Redbridge, Botley
Road area, Osney Island and Others - set out the main things we are aiming for in
each area and the stage they are at.
Diagram of waterways in the west Oxford floodplain