Environment Agency (EA)

The Environment Agency is responsible for managing the risk of flooding from designated ‘main rivers’, reservoirs, estuaries and the sea. There are head offices in Bristol and London and 14 area offices in England.

We are in the Thames Area, which stretches from Cirencester following the River Thames to the edge of London, and from Banbury in the north to Guildford in the south. The Thames Area headquarters is in Wallingford. There are additional offices and a depot on Osney Island in Oxford.

The Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme is a major project managed by the EA.

The local operational teams that carry out river maintenance, and are on the front line when there is a risk of flooding, are based at the Osney depot.

The team responsible for locks, weirs and river navigation in Oxford can be contacted via

Oxfordshire County Council

The County Council is the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) for Oxfordshire.

Lead Local Flood Authorities are responsible for managing the risk of flooding from surface water, groundwater and ordinary watercourses (those that are not designated ‘main rivers’). They lead on community recovery.

Oxford City Council

As a district council, Oxford City Council leads in reducing flood risks from development in the floodplain through the planning system and the management of drainage and non-main river watercourses. Council staff are also involved in the response to flood events.

Vale of White Horse District Council

South Hinksey is in the Vale of White Horse district.

Thames Water

Responsible for the sewer system and surface water drainage.

Oxford Area Flood Partnership (OAFP)

The City Council hosts this multi-agency working group. The group brings together the agencies that have flooding responsibilities, including the Environment Agency, Thames Water, Network Rail, the County Council, the City Council and Vale of White Horse District Council. While not a member of the partnership we attend meetings and contribute our views.

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