The Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme is a multi-partner scheme to reduce the serious flood risk already faced by Oxford and to mitigate the impacts of the more extreme weather expected with climate change.
OFA is represented on the Sponsoring Group which overseas OFAS. The particular concerns of OFA are that:
- the public is kept fully informed of the details of the scheme
- the concerns and needs of local residents affected by the scheme are listened to and responded to
- provision is made for the scheme to be maintained in perpetuity
- the scheme does as much as possible to enhance the natural environment for wildlife and people as well as providing flood protection
In the autumn of 2013 we agreed with the Environment Agency that pushing for a flood alleviation scheme for the city was the priority. An earlier plan for such a scheme had been shelved in 2009. Political, business and public support for OFAS grew quickly after the serious flooding of the winter of 2013/14.
More can be found on this Environment Agency page which is regularly updated.
OFAS consultation drop-in session in Kennington, 2015