Upated Jan 29th 2016

Earlier story:
The proposed Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme has gone out for public consultation.

Comments are being invited on the scheme which the Environment Agency says will reduce the risk of flooding to over 1,000 properties.

Five public drop-in events will be held across the city to give local communities the opportunity to have their say on the future of the flood risk in Oxford. See list below.

The EA said: "These events also offer local communities, residents and businesses the opportunity to talk to the project team and to feed in local expertise and ideas for managing different aspects of the scheme, such as arrangements for construction and how to remove and re-use waste material from the site."

The events will provide an update on the work the Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme project team have been doing since the last public events were held in summer 2015. People attending can also indicate their preferred options for the route of a new flood relief channel.

Partners include Oxfordshire County Council, Oxford City Council, Vale of White Horse District Council and Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, and the Environment Agency.

Councillor Rodney Rose, Deputy Leader for Oxfordshire County Council said: "Plans for the flood alleviation scheme are progressing well, and now is a good time to share all the work that has been done ... since the last public events were held last summer.

Councillor Matthew Barber, Leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, said: "The flood alleviation scheme is our best opportunity of ensuring that we are able to prevent the River Thames from flooding in the Vale, and it’s very clear that we need a solution in place sooner rather than later."

All public events will be open from 2:30pm to 7pm in the following locations:

  • Tuesday 19 January, Oxford Town Hall, OX1 1BX
  • Wednesday 20 January, Abbey House, Abingdon, OX14 3JE
  • Friday 22 January, South Oxford Community Centre, OX1 4RP
  • Wednesday 27 January, Kennington Village Centre, OX1 5PG
  • Thursday 28 January, West Oxford Community Centre, OX2 0BT

People unable to make the meetings can respond via an online e-consultation which will go live on January 19th. The consultation is open until March 1st.

Story dated Jan 18 2016