Sewer flooding in Campbell Road

Residents in Campbell Rd, Florence Park, had their gardens flooded by sewage on 21 October in a near repeat of a similar event last year. This time round Larkrise Primary School had to be shut for a day. https://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/19662645.larkrise-primary-school-oxford-closed-due-sewage-leak/

Overflowing sewers are a long standing problem in the area.  Earlier this year OFA supported local residents in organising a meeting of relevant agencies, chaired by MP Annaliese Dodds, to discuss solutions. This followed a serious incident on 3 and 4 October 2020 when gardens were flooded with sewage to a depth of 60cm. Some sheds and home offices were affected, causing misery for people working from home because of Covid.

The meeting, which involved Thames Water, the City Council and the Environment Agency, was constructive, but progress since has been slow. A report which Thames Water should have completed on the causes of the 2020 floods has still, it appears, not been provided to the Council. The clean-up response to the events a few weeks ago again showed the company apparently unable to deal with the community other than on a customer by customer basis.

OFA is supporting the community in trying to get a number of short term measures adopted to ease the situation while a wider solution is worked out. The sewage released in these events spills into Boundary Brook which enters the Thames downstream of Donnington Bridge, adding to the levels of pollution in the river.