‘Focus upstream or Oxford will be doomed’

Greens' Elise Benjamin, Dick Wolff and David Williams

Greens' Elise Benjamin, Dick Wolff and David Williams

First published in News

GREEN campaigners in Oxford have called for a clearer flooding strategy that gives more priority to prevention.

Councillor David Williams, representing Iffley Fields and St Mary’s for the Green Party on Oxford City Council, said existing strategies need to be reexamined.

The party has contributed to two reports – one by the city council and one by the Environment Agency.

Green planning spokesman Cllr Elise Benjamin said: “Council staff have worked hard during the recent flooding to keep residents safe.

“But there are significant failings which are exacerbating the problem.

“The city needs to stop approving developments on and near the flood plain and insist on better urban drainage in new developments.

“There also needs to be more inter-agency working which the city could be more proactive in leading."

The group also suggests that “too little weight has been placed in the past on processes that could hold water rather than discharging it rapidly.”

Cllr Williams said: “Defence is not enough.

“The focus must be upstream or Oxford will be doomed to this recurring nightmare.”

He said it was time to accept what we had done so far hadn’t worked.

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He added: “There have been three major floods in the last 10 years and we have got to come to terms with what has happened.”

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8:51am Thu 16 Jan 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Quote:- "it was time to accept what we had done so far hadn’t worked. "

So start again and do it properly this time.

Build a vast deep rowing/recreational lake where the water level can be controlled in partnership with the environment agency. Use the valuable aggregates excavated to offset the building cost.

The lake could readily be accommodated on the Binsey Lane/farmland area North of Botley Road or to the West of the railway at Hinksey.

The notorioius unelected, unaccountable and vexatious charity funded "activists" of Oxford(shire) may even express delight at this option!

You can't, of course, build social housing on a lake...
Quote:- "it was time to accept what we had done so far hadn’t worked. " So start again and do it properly this time. Build a vast deep rowing/recreational lake where the water level can be controlled in partnership with the environment agency. Use the valuable aggregates excavated to offset the building cost. The lake could readily be accommodated on the Binsey Lane/farmland area North of Botley Road or to the West of the railway at Hinksey. The notorioius unelected, unaccountable and vexatious charity funded "activists" of Oxford(shire) may even express delight at this option! You can't, of course, build social housing on a lake... Andrew:Oxford
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10:32pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Geoff Roberts says...

"The notorioius unelected, unaccountable and vexatious charity funded "activists" of Oxford(shire)"

They're notorious and unelected, unaccountable and vexatious, they're notorious and unelected, and we hope you'll understand. They don't want to upset the apple cart, they don't want to cause a fuss, but if you don't like what they're going to do, you better not stop them 'cause they're comin' through.

Mu mu. Mu mu

Kick out the jams muvva f*ckers!

Are you ready to testify?
"The notorioius unelected, unaccountable and vexatious charity funded "activists" of Oxford(shire)" They're notorious and unelected, unaccountable and vexatious, they're notorious and unelected, and we hope you'll understand. They don't want to upset the apple cart, they don't want to cause a fuss, but if you don't like what they're going to do, you better not stop them 'cause they're comin' through. Mu mu. Mu mu Kick out the jams muvva f*ckers! Are you ready to testify? Geoff Roberts
  • Score: 76

11:18pm Thu 16 Jan 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Geoff Roberts wrote:
"The notorioius unelected, unaccountable and vexatious charity funded "activists" of Oxford(shire)"

They're notorious and unelected, unaccountable and vexatious, they're notorious and unelected, and we hope you'll understand. They don't want to upset the apple cart, they don't want to cause a fuss, but if you don't like what they're going to do, you better not stop them 'cause they're comin' through.

Mu mu. Mu mu

Kick out the jams muvva f*ckers!

Are you ready to testify?
It was the late American country singer Tammy Wynette who sang with the Kopyright Liberation Front not the Oxford Green's most famous member, the American Folk Singer Peggy Seeger*.

I've got a signed copy of "The White Room" somewhere...

*If she is still a member.
[quote][p][bold]Geoff Roberts[/bold] wrote: "The notorioius unelected, unaccountable and vexatious charity funded "activists" of Oxford(shire)" They're notorious and unelected, unaccountable and vexatious, they're notorious and unelected, and we hope you'll understand. They don't want to upset the apple cart, they don't want to cause a fuss, but if you don't like what they're going to do, you better not stop them 'cause they're comin' through. Mu mu. Mu mu Kick out the jams muvva f*ckers! Are you ready to testify?[/p][/quote]It was the late American country singer Tammy Wynette who sang with the Kopyright Liberation Front not the Oxford Green's most famous member, the American Folk Singer Peggy Seeger*. I've got a signed copy of "The White Room" somewhere... *If she is still a member. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: -45

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