Hinksey Drain, classified as a Main River, September 2008. Water flows towards the culvert (known as Munday’s underbridge) under the mainline railway at the back of the picture. The channel banks were cleared of vegetation in late 2008 by the Environment Agency. However, the channel itself is narrowed by years of neglect. And, still present, are a concrete wall across the channel, and the right hand side of the culvert blocked in whole or in part by earth.
The railing (just seen in the top right of the first photograph) is over a large road drain poking out into the channel and causing further obstruction. This shows too the right hand side of the culvert blocked in whole or in part by earth, and beneath the culvert severe silting of the channel. The channel beyond the culvert, leading to Hinksey Stream and the Thames, also needs to be widened and cleared of silt and vegetation.