‘We told you so’ say Steventon residents as homes site goes under water

Oxford Mail: From left, Residents Eric and Betty Webb, Carole Denton, Vikki Hemming and Tim Taylor in front of the field where 31 homes are planned. Picture: OX64424 Jon Lewis Buy this photo » From left, Residents Eric and Betty Webb, Carole Denton, Vikki Hemming and Tim Taylor in front of the field where 31 homes are planned. Picture: OX64424 Jon Lewis

A PLAN to build 31 homes on a flooded field looked to residents like a damp squib yesterday.

As 11 rivers in Oxfordshire were put on flood alert and roads were closed due to flooding, neighbours in Steventon said: “we told you so”.

Steventon parish councillor Carole Denton, who lives next to the flooded field in School Close, called the idea of building houses on the site “ridiculous”.

She said: “It has been completely flooded since before Christmas. This latest rain has just topped it up.

“The field is always flooded. Anyone who lives here knows that.”

Linden Homes was given planning permission by Vale of White Horse District Council in August but yesterday declined to comment on the soggy field.

Since Wednesday, more than 16mm of rain has fallen on Oxfordshire.

Met Office spokesman Nicola Maxey said: “Even a small amount falling on already sodden ground has nowhere to go.”

The Environment Agency (EA) yesterday had 11 flood alerts in place for county rivers, including the Thames from Faringdon to Henley.

Five roads were closed due to flooding, including Lower Road at Islip and London Lane in Ascott-under-Wychwood.

An Environment Agency spokesman said last night there were no plans to put up any flood barriers over the weekend.

More rain is expected to fall today and tomorrow afternoon through to Monday morning.

Chairman of Oxford Flood Alliance Peter Rawcliffe said yesterday: “I think it’s looking pretty good at the moment. The levels are rising again a bit at the moment but unless we get a lot of heavy rain we should be out of the woods.”

He said the situation had been hugely helped by a series of new flood defence systems in place across the county including at Munday’s Bridge in Kennington and up-river in Oxford.

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10:35am Sat 4 Jan 14

Megs says...

The same is true further along the Ginge Brook, which has had repeated EA flood alerts in December and January (and more in 2013 than any other year since they were instituted). Areas that are regularly flooded in Sutton Courtenay, approved for 64 dwellings by Redrow & c. 35 by Pye Homes, despite independant hydrological advice, are decidedly soggy. Perhaps every new home built should come with a family set of wellies and waders?
The same is true further along the Ginge Brook, which has had repeated EA flood alerts in December and January (and more in 2013 than any other year since they were instituted). Areas that are regularly flooded in Sutton Courtenay, approved for 64 dwellings by Redrow & c. 35 by Pye Homes, despite independant hydrological advice, are decidedly soggy. Perhaps every new home built should come with a family set of wellies and waders? Megs

11:38am Sat 4 Jan 14

oafie says...

Start building houses on stilts!
Start building houses on stilts! oafie

6:02pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Whitto says...

I imagine they will do flood defence work, what a non-story...
I imagine they will do flood defence work, what a non-story... Whitto

10:59pm Sat 4 Jan 14

Marina Morris says...

I love it when the Oxford mail take group photos of moany old local biddies to illustrate their non-stories. Christ, there's even a buy this photo button! They must have thousands of these photos now so why waste time taking more, why not just use an old picture of previous moaning old biddies and caption it with Library Picture?
I love it when the Oxford mail take group photos of moany old local biddies to illustrate their non-stories. Christ, there's even a buy this photo button! They must have thousands of these photos now so why waste time taking more, why not just use an old picture of previous moaning old biddies and caption it with Library Picture? Marina Morris

12:34pm Sun 5 Jan 14

Megs says...

Well, here's a spin from Marina Morris. She has morphed concern about where best to site much needed housing to thoughtless, stereotyping, ageism. Picking on assumed specific groups - in this case she creates "moaning old biddies" as a target- is always a technique of the "divide and rule" brigade. I wonder whose agenda Ms Morris is falling for, or is it all her own brainwork?
Well, here's a spin from Marina Morris. She has morphed concern about where best to site much needed housing to thoughtless, stereotyping, ageism. Picking on assumed specific groups - in this case she creates "moaning old biddies" as a target- is always a technique of the "divide and rule" brigade. I wonder whose agenda Ms Morris is falling for, or is it all her own brainwork? Megs

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