9 February 2013
Oxford Mail report: “More than 120 jobs are set to be axed at a Co-op distribution centre in Oxford. …Problems with flooding at the site were cited as one of the reasons for the plans.”
19 January 2013
Oxfordshire County Council recently voted in favour of a 5% increase in the contributions of all county councils in the Thames region to the regional flood levy fund, and the vote was (just) carried in favour. This far-sighted move means that more central government funds will be attracted to schemes in Oxfordshire, rather than going elsewhere in the country. Effective flood defences for areas at highest risk will in turn curb the ever-increasing drain on Council funds when floods occur. We congratulate the Council and look forward to seeing schemes across the county in the places most at risk. Oxford is one such and we look forward to helping if we can.
26 December 2012
Water levels in the area have crept up slowly today and are on the verge of flooding the lowest-lying houses in South Hinksey. The main-line rail track at Kennington is flooded.
The finished job
The finished job, 2
3 February 2011
Work began recently to create a road and pavement hump, at the north end of Earl Street, to stop floodwater on the Botley Road pouring like a river down Earl Street. The work is now complete. We have campaigned for this for over two years. It is a big step in the right direction for residents of Earl and Duke Streets. Thanks to all concerned at County, City and EA.
9 August 2009
Several Oxford Mail articles on a new flood map for Oxford published 14 July, 15 July, 15 July, 16 July, 2009 (sorry we’re a bit late). [Edit: 14 July link removed as no longer works.]
22 July 2009
Nick Hills of the OFA Steering Group was interviewed by Geraldine Piers on BBC Oxford TV regional news.
The government is asking local authorities to build new houses – Oxford is due to provide 8000 more. Nick spoke about the importance of taking flooding into account when the siting of these houses is considered. Unless great care is taken, building in areas likely to flood not only puts the new properties at risk but increases the risk for existing properties.
Local authorities should think long and hard, and take the government’s PPS25 guidance into account, when considering the siting of new buildings.