FLOODING: ‘My house sale has fallen through because of all this’

‘STRUGGLE’: Kerry Winfield, pictured right with neighbour Lilian Sherwood, claims the sale of her Fox Crescent home fell through because of the floods

‘STRUGGLE’: Kerry Winfield, pictured right with neighbour Lilian Sherwood, claims the sale of her Fox Crescent home fell through because of the floods Buy this photo

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A MOTHER has been left devastated after she said the sale of her house fell through because of the flooding.

Kerry Winfield, of Fox Crescent, said she had agreed a sale price of just under £400,000 for her six bed semi.

But after the flood waters lapped up against the front door, the buyers visited and, she says, pulled out.

Mrs Winfield was close to the point of tears as she told the Oxford Mail: “We were just finding somewhere to live. I am going to struggle to sell my house now.

“For us to get the flooding as we did, it is very, very rare. I am angry it came to that stage – that my house sale fell through because of the flooding.”

The mother, like others, said she had never seen the flooding so bad in her area.

She said: “We have never had anything like this before.

“I think everybody in Chatham Road and Fox Crescent has just about had enough.

“I checked all the drains around Fox Crescent and they were full of debris and water. To have it to that extreme – it has never been like it before.”

Now other flood-weary residents in South Oxford are hoping to form a residents’ committee to fight for better flood defences for the area.

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Homes were surrounded by water and blocked drains prevented residents from using their toilets and appliances.

Fox Crescent and Chatham Street were provided with temporary toilets by Oxford City Council, as was nearby Peel Place.

Lilian Sherwood, of Fox Crescent, said: “Those who were ploughing through the water to help us were brilliant. I cannot fault the authorities.

“But it is about the long-term issue – it is the higher up people that made the decisions.”

She added: “It was certainly a lot worse this time.

“But then it is being pumped out further up in other places – it has to come somewhere.”

Damian Gray, partner at estate agents Knight Frank and head of the Oxford office in Summertown, said he does not anticipate the floods putting off potential buyers.

He said: “We have not had any sales fall through because of the flooding.

“If you are near a river, one has to take in to account the risk and balance that against the beauty of living near a river.”

He added: “I don’t think it affects people a great deal anymore. If you continuously flood then one would question whether it is the right thing to buy.

“The draw of Oxford far outweighs any nervousness about flooding.”

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12:22pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Canismajoris says...

Have to agree about drains in and around Oxford being full of leaves oand debris.
Have to agree about drains in and around Oxford being full of leaves oand debris. Canismajoris
  • Score: -83

12:23pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Canismajoris says...

Have to agree about drains in and around Oxford being full of leaves and debris.
Have to agree about drains in and around Oxford being full of leaves and debris. Canismajoris
  • Score: -80

1:52pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Canismajoris wrote:
Have to agree about drains in and around Oxford being full of leaves and debris.
You should raise the issue with your local councillor and give them the reference numbers provided to you when you reported the problem on-line or by phone.
[quote][p][bold]Canismajoris[/bold] wrote: Have to agree about drains in and around Oxford being full of leaves and debris.[/p][/quote]You should raise the issue with your local councillor and give them the reference numbers provided to you when you reported the problem on-line or by phone. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 10

1:52pm Wed 15 Jan 14

working Nan says...

It's to be expected if you live on a flood plane is it not?
It's to be expected if you live on a flood plane is it not? working Nan
  • Score: -83

4:47pm Wed 15 Jan 14

William Stroudley, Sandford on Thames says...

By the way - its Floodplain.
Who takes the decision that allows properties to be built on Floodplains?
Who gives this decision without anythought to the utilities that are in place before the building takes place and that are never ever upgraded to cope with the additional properties?
Who looks after the unfortunate purchasers of the properties that are built on the Floodplains and which are regularly flooded?
By the way - its Floodplain. Who takes the decision that allows properties to be built on Floodplains? Who gives this decision without anythought to the utilities that are in place before the building takes place and that are never ever upgraded to cope with the additional properties? Who looks after the unfortunate purchasers of the properties that are built on the Floodplains and which are regularly flooded? William Stroudley, Sandford on Thames
  • Score: -74

8:29am Thu 16 Jan 14

angel.cake says...

Not bad, nearly £400k for an ex-council house. She should be grateful she has a 6-bed house in the first place.
Not bad, nearly £400k for an ex-council house. She should be grateful she has a 6-bed house in the first place. angel.cake
  • Score: -81

11:56am Thu 16 Jan 14

Canismajoris says...

William Stroudley, Sandford on Thames wrote:
By the way - its Floodplain.
Who takes the decision that allows properties to be built on Floodplains?
Who gives this decision without anythought to the utilities that are in place before the building takes place and that are never ever upgraded to cope with the additional properties?
Who looks after the unfortunate purchasers of the properties that are built on the Floodplains and which are regularly flooded?
By the it's, no its. Get it right man!
[quote][p][bold]William Stroudley, Sandford on Thames[/bold] wrote: By the way - its Floodplain. Who takes the decision that allows properties to be built on Floodplains? Who gives this decision without anythought to the utilities that are in place before the building takes place and that are never ever upgraded to cope with the additional properties? Who looks after the unfortunate purchasers of the properties that are built on the Floodplains and which are regularly flooded?[/p][/quote]By the it's, no its. Get it right man! Canismajoris
  • Score: -77

12:20pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Whitto says...

Canismajoris wrote:
William Stroudley, Sandford on Thames wrote:
By the way - its Floodplain.
Who takes the decision that allows properties to be built on Floodplains?
Who gives this decision without anythought to the utilities that are in place before the building takes place and that are never ever upgraded to cope with the additional properties?
Who looks after the unfortunate purchasers of the properties that are built on the Floodplains and which are regularly flooded?
By the it's, no its. Get it right man!
Typos in a pedant correcting typos, awsome....
[quote][p][bold]Canismajoris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]William Stroudley, Sandford on Thames[/bold] wrote: By the way - its Floodplain. Who takes the decision that allows properties to be built on Floodplains? Who gives this decision without anythought to the utilities that are in place before the building takes place and that are never ever upgraded to cope with the additional properties? Who looks after the unfortunate purchasers of the properties that are built on the Floodplains and which are regularly flooded?[/p][/quote]By the it's, no its. Get it right man![/p][/quote]Typos in a pedant correcting typos, awsome.... Whitto
  • Score: -66

3:57pm Thu 16 Jan 14

dorsetbob says...

Yes council houses should NEVER HAVE BEEN SOLD OFF and housing should never have been built on floodplain, its also buyer respondibility not to buy such housing
Yes council houses should NEVER HAVE BEEN SOLD OFF and housing should never have been built on floodplain, its also buyer respondibility not to buy such housing dorsetbob
  • Score: -80

4:39pm Thu 16 Jan 14

colinharry says...

Sh1t happens....that area is a **** sh1thole .....THATS what the buyer probably realised.
Sh1t happens....that area is a **** sh1thole .....THATS what the buyer probably realised. colinharry
  • Score: -265

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