L to R: Nick Hills, resident and OFA; Lord Mayor, Councillor Mohammed Altaf-Khan; Nicola Blackwood, MP; Duncan MacDonald, Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks; the pump.
The new pump
The link provides an excellent report, including a video, about the arrival of a new pump, dedicated to flood protection for Earl Street. In case that stops being available online here is an extract from the report, with acknowledgement and thanks to ITV:
“Today residents in Earl Street were shown a new, dedicated, mobile pump that will be available to them in the event of future floods.
Nick Hills, an Earl Street resident and member of the Oxford Flood Alliance Steering Group, applied for a grant to pay for the pump after becoming aware of Scottish and Southern Energy Network’s Community Resilience Fund. The energy company awards grants of up to £20,000 to community projects. His bid was successful and SSE awarded the full cost of the pump, which had been reduced to £19,830 by Stuart Pumps Ltd, which provides the City Council with its pumps.
A pump and sump scheme that will provide enhanced protection against groundwater to properties in Earl Street has been approved by the City Council. The scheme was devised by residents Nick Hills (of OFA) and Andy Webber, with input from Paul Kirkley from the council. Paul has been hugely supportive on the ground and with grant applications. Andy stepped down from OFA steering group a while ago, but remains very active in local flood prevention and protection. The scheme will be funded by aggregating individual property Repair and Resilience Grants from Defra, via the City Council, as a community scheme. A contractor has been approved, and work is expected to commence imminently.