Oxford Flood Risk Management Strategy
On February 18th 2009 the Environment Agency published the next stage of their Oxford Flood Risk Management Strategy, which they had been developing since 2003/4. The strategy set out to provide a flood defence scheme for Oxford to protect against a major flood – of the size that is only expected once in every 100 years. This would have been a vast improvement on the present situation where we have had four lesser floods in 12 years (2000, 2003, July 2007, December 2012 and December 2013/January 2014) with near misses in January 2008 and January 2009. During the public consultation process in 2009 OFA submitted comments strongly supporting the scheme and favouring Option 9.
However, the OFRMS plans proved to be so expensive (£100 million or more) that they could not be afforded in full. In particular the suggested new channel or ‘western conveyance’ has not yet gone ahead. However important parts of the strategy have been implemented: these, along with future possibilities, can be seen at http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/homeandleisure/floods/127355.aspx [Edit, 2014: this now links to the Oxford and Abingdon Flood Alleviation Schemes.] It now (end of 2014) looks increasingly likely that these schemes will go ahead, funded by a number of different partners, for Oxford see here.
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