Thames west bank above Tumbling Bay


The photographs show the west bank of the Thames, just north of the Botley Road, above Tumbling Bay, on 12 November 2008. Water is breaching the bank in several places. The banks are eroded further with each successive flood.

We have suggested for the last three years (now December 2011) that this bank should be repaired; however there have been difficulties in achieving this, including much debate about how much it all matters. It would seem best that the area is looked at as dispassionately as possible, and computer modelling seems a good place to start. We would like the Environment Agency to assess what impact water, escaping from the river here early on, well before flooding of properties occurs,  has on levels and flow in the Bulstake Stream, and on groundwater levels in the Botley Road area.