The original meeting at which an Oxford flood grouping, soon named the Oxford Flood Alliance, was agreed on, was held in the Waterman’s Arms (now The Punter), Osney Island, on Thursday 29 November 2007. Simon Collings, Nick Hills, John Mastroddi and Peter Rawcliffe have been involved from the start.
Andy Webber, Mike Hamblett (also both in at the start) and Brian Durham are no longer on the Steering Group but have each made very significant contributions over the years.
Adrian Porter and Liz Sawyer are the newest, and valued, members of our team.
Very importantly our personal partners have been there with vital support throughout – thank you all.
A great deal has happened in the 10 years, with authorities now well working together to reduce risk and cope with floods when they arrive. We never dreamt in 2007 how much this would become a part of our lives – innumerable meetings and phone calls and thousands of emails later, we are working with people who are now close partners, some of whom we met at the start, others along the way. We have been called ‘a critical friend’ and are pleased by that.
We continue to work to promote what we see as the best for the people and the city of Oxford and area: currently of course the multi-million multi-partner Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme. More on that in a later post.
Nevertheless, we have not sold out to the authorities! – we oppose things we see as contrary to our prime aim – to reduce flood risk. The current example is our total opposition to Oxford City Council’s proposal to extend Seacourt Park and Ride into the floodplain. No one has been able to produce another example of such a travesty anywhere else in the country. If allowed it would set a very dangerous precedent nationally.
We expect our 11th (we had two one year) Annual Public Meeting will be in February 2018.