Pleased to say we have now had a helpful reply, via HOEG, from engineer Jonathan Madden about his proposal. We’ll be responding shortly with some further questions.
We’ve had no reply to our request to the “Hinksey & Osney Environment Group” on 25 January asking for details of their pipeline scheme, so we emailed them again yesterday.
According to an article in the Oxford Times of 24 January 2019 the pipeline proposal has changed, so the pipeline would now involve “a pumping station at Seacourt, under Botley Road and then along the Hinksey Plain to the Old Abingdon Road.”
That would mean that the start of the pipeline is (wisely) no longer proposed to be at Port Meadow, and that it ends at Redbridge rather than Sandford Lock.
The cost has risen from “around half the cost” [of the Oxford Food Alleviation Scheme presumably – HOEG press release of 18 January] – which would be about £75 million – to £100 million in the press report on 24 January.
More to follow.
The ‘Hinksey & Osney Environment Group’ issued a press release on 18 January 2019 which included:
“The group is also proposing an alternative scheme, drawn up by a local engineer, which will deliver all the flood alleviation benefits for around half the cost and for a greatly reduced environmental impact.
The alternative proposal involves a pumping station at Port Meadow that will divert flood water through an underground pipe to Sandford Lock.
The pipe would safely carry the flood water around areas currently at risk.
Other advantages of this proposal include:
- Flood water can be pumped much faster than is possible when relying only on an open channel. This means Oxford would enjoy greater protection from flooding.
- It uses proven technology and is guaranteed to work.
- Using a second, smaller bore pipe, the pumping station can also be used to supply water to Farmoor reservoir.
- An underground pipe would have no long-term environmental impact.
- The destruction of local nature reserves, thousands of trees in the green belt and valuable flood meadows can all be prevented.”
This raised many questions and we were surprised that the proposal included a pumping station “at Port Meadow” – unlikely to be universally popular.
More to follow.