Flood-risk area campaigns for future protection money

South Hinskey Parish Council chairman Maggie Rawcliffe, right, with Defence Secretary Philip Hammond and MP Nicola Blackwood on a visit to view flood defences in February

South Hinskey Parish Council chairman Maggie Rawcliffe, right, with Defence Secretary Philip Hammond and MP Nicola Blackwood on a visit to view flood defences in February

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter covering Abingdon and Wantage, South Oxford and Kennington. Call me on 01865 425431

FLOOD-PRONE South Hinksey is to campaign for money for new defences after being told it was competing with “a lot of other places”.

The Environment Agency’s Oxford flood risk manager Barry Russell told villagers at a meeting on Monday night that there was only “a finite amount of money” for future flood protection measures.

And after he said that “local will is the biggest thing that will make this happen”, the parish council launched a lobbying campaign to local and national politicians in the hope it does not miss out on Government money.

Flood risk manager for Oxford Barry Russell told villagers at a South Hinksey Parish Council chairman Maggie Rawcliffe interpreted this as ensuring that the council campaigns for the cash.

The council has now written to Oxford West and Abingdon MP Nicola Blackwood, Oxfordshire County Council leader Ian Hudspeth and defence secretary Philip Hammond appealing for money for flood defences.

In February, the EA recruited soldiers from Abingdon’s Dalton Barracks to install a 600-metre wall of concrete blocks to shield the village’s 80 homes from rising water.

After visiting South Hinksey and other parts of Oxford during the floods, Prime Minister and Witney MP David Cameron said there was a “strong case” for building a £123m western conveyance flood relief channel around Oxford.

On Monday that support materialised in a £26m Government donation towards the scheme, which could begin as early as 2016.

But South Hinksey Parish Council asked Mr Russell what the EA could do to protect the village in the meantime.

Mrs Rawcliffe asked: “How likely is South Hinksey to have some temporary protection in future flood events?”

Mr Russell said: “The challenge we have is that South Hinksey is competing with a lot of areas with a lot more properties at risk.

“I am pushing very hard for South Hinksey to be one of those places that is highlighted as a need.

“What is likely to happen is more purchase of demountable defences, stored at Osney and Marston, and this will be the central hub from which they can be taken anywhere from the South West to Kent.

“At a time of flooding coming down the Thames, so long as there aren’t other places flooding as well, I think the likelihood would be high (that South Hinksey would get defences).”

The EA is currently looking at where to carry out preparatory ground works to make it easier to install temporary defences in a hurry.

He said there was no timescale for when the decision would be made.

Mr Russell said any preparatory work would not necessarily be carried out by the winter.

Peter Rawcliffe, chairman of the Oxford Flood Alliance, said: “We will be looking at whether a temporary bund is available to us in the future. At the moment there is no funding to give the village its own bund, but we are determined to get one.”

Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS, SPORT and JAYDEN depending on what services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Our top stories

Dagenham draw leaves Oxford United boss with mixed emotions

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Monday 1st September 2014

MICHAEL Appleton admitted he had never seen a game so wide open as Oxford United got off the mark with a topsy-turvy 3-3 draw at home to Dagenham & Redbridge.

Two-month amnesty for Oxford council tenants who sublet illegally

Oxford Mail: oxford city council logo

9:00am Monday 1st September 2014

Council tenants illegally subletting their homes are being given the chance to hand back the keys without prosecution.

Oxford grandad killed in Isle of Man motorbike crash 'died doing what he loved'

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Monday 1st September 2014

A former Formula 1 mechanic and Eynsham driving instructor has been killed in a motorbike crash on the Isle of Man.

Police to warn students of 'legal high' risks

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

8:30am Monday 1st September 2014

NEW students are to be warned by police about the dangers of so-called legal highs.

Theatrical costume charity faces final curtain after 46 years

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Monday 1st September 2014

Wanted: a new home for 7,000 costumes, accessories and props, 3,000sq m or more.

Pub is forced to close after brawls and drug incidents

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 1st September 2014

AN OXFORD pub shut its doors for the last time on Saturday after recent incidents involving violence and drug use.

Comments

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree