Chip shop boss considering moving to beat the floods

The Oxford Times: Harish Dhariwal.   Pictures: OX64811, OX64857 Jon Lewis Buy this photo Harish Dhariwal. Pictures: OX64811, OX64857 Jon Lewis

ANOTHER firm is considering drastic measures after counting the cost of the recent flooding.

Harish Dhariwal, manager of the Mediterranean Fish Bar in Abingdon Road, Oxford, said he is now considering moving to a new location in the city.

He said since they opened in 2007, flooding had become more regular and they’d lost a “substantial” amount of money.

The 39-year-old said: “These floods are happening regularly – every year and a half to a year – and we are looking at relocating.

“We’ve lost a substantial amount of money and it’s going to take us months to claw that back.”

The Oxford Times:

Abingdon Road in the floods

He said while the fish bar hadn’t suffered much damage, the long-term impact on the business of the road being closed off for days would affect them.

Last night, the Oxfordshire branch of the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce warned businesses to consider ways of protecting their income during flooding.

Branch president Bob Bradley said: “Businesses now need to consider very carefully where they set up because of the flooding.

“Some insurance premiums have gone up and that is making businesses less viable – they either have to pay a fortune for insurance or suffer the costs when it happens.

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“Some firms might be losing half a year’s profit if they have to close for a week, so some businesses which get flooded could decide to move.”

Earlier this month, the Oxford Mail reported that WS Supplies in Lamarsh Road, off Botley Road, said it was closing next year, partly because of the floods.

Richer Sounds which runs alongside Bullstake Stream in Botley Road, was closed for several days during the floods.

Its manager Dan Cook, said: “There was nothing we could do about the water rising up through the floor downstairs.

The Oxford Times:

Dan Cook

“It came up through the floor of the cellar and we lost a lot of stock. We piled as much of it up high as we could, but we still lost about £25,000-worth.”

Forced to close for a week, Mr Cook, 39, said: “As it was just after Christmas, and with the January sales, I would guess we lost about £60,000 worth of trade.”

The Oxford Times:

Richer Sounds during the floods

He said they were looking at improving flood defences around the building and said: “It’s very early days, and there are a lot of ideas around, but it may be a big building project to raise everything up.”

Lee Isaacs, manager of the Oxford Wine Company in Botley Road, said: “Our sales were 50, 60 per cent down.

“We had a nominal number of customers – only a handful. On the Wednesday I only sold one bottle of beer.”

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7:29am Fri 24 Jan 14

Myron Blatz says...

Whilst flood issues for the Abingdon and Botley roads are historic, what shopkeepers, retailers and all the people affected in those areas need to do is club-together and take both Oxford City and Oxfordshire County Councils to Court and sue the hell out of them for weak planning, gross negligence and total ineptitude. The idea that the people can't over-rule government and local government was proven wrong under Thatcher, when the wretched 'Poll Tax' was dumped, after massive opposition. As for pathetic City council - spend more on flood prevention, and less on public swimming pools which people don't need, community radio stations, ethnic cookery courses, and community newspapers which are simply a PR tool for City Council. What Oxford desperately needs from the forthcoming Local Elections in May is to return a balanced coalition which cares about all the people of Oxford, not a Council ruled by autocratic Labour, desperate to cling-on to the last vestiges of Blair and Brown total disaster. If there is nothing to chose between Labour, LibDems and Greens in Oxford, then why not vote-in an Independent?
Whilst flood issues for the Abingdon and Botley roads are historic, what shopkeepers, retailers and all the people affected in those areas need to do is club-together and take both Oxford City and Oxfordshire County Councils to Court and sue the hell out of them for weak planning, gross negligence and total ineptitude. The idea that the people can't over-rule government and local government was proven wrong under Thatcher, when the wretched 'Poll Tax' was dumped, after massive opposition. As for pathetic City council - spend more on flood prevention, and less on public swimming pools which people don't need, community radio stations, ethnic cookery courses, and community newspapers which are simply a PR tool for City Council. What Oxford desperately needs from the forthcoming Local Elections in May is to return a balanced coalition which cares about all the people of Oxford, not a Council ruled by autocratic Labour, desperate to cling-on to the last vestiges of Blair and Brown total disaster. If there is nothing to chose between Labour, LibDems and Greens in Oxford, then why not vote-in an Independent? Myron Blatz
  • Score: 4

8:04am Fri 24 Jan 14

greckofriend says...

The Mediterrerean was open long before 2007. Get the facts right OM.
I was using it in 1989 when I worked in the area
The Mediterrerean was open long before 2007. Get the facts right OM. I was using it in 1989 when I worked in the area greckofriend
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8:46am Fri 24 Jan 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
Whilst flood issues for the Abingdon and Botley roads are historic, what shopkeepers, retailers and all the people affected in those areas need to do is club-together and take both Oxford City and Oxfordshire County Councils to Court and sue the hell out of them for weak planning, gross negligence and total ineptitude. The idea that the people can't over-rule government and local government was proven wrong under Thatcher, when the wretched 'Poll Tax' was dumped, after massive opposition. As for pathetic City council - spend more on flood prevention, and less on public swimming pools which people don't need, community radio stations, ethnic cookery courses, and community newspapers which are simply a PR tool for City Council. What Oxford desperately needs from the forthcoming Local Elections in May is to return a balanced coalition which cares about all the people of Oxford, not a Council ruled by autocratic Labour, desperate to cling-on to the last vestiges of Blair and Brown total disaster. If there is nothing to chose between Labour, LibDems and Greens in Oxford, then why not vote-in an Independent?
You could always vote Conservative Myron...

Might not agree with their policies, but at least they will be frugal with 75% of the things you find distasteful.
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: Whilst flood issues for the Abingdon and Botley roads are historic, what shopkeepers, retailers and all the people affected in those areas need to do is club-together and take both Oxford City and Oxfordshire County Councils to Court and sue the hell out of them for weak planning, gross negligence and total ineptitude. The idea that the people can't over-rule government and local government was proven wrong under Thatcher, when the wretched 'Poll Tax' was dumped, after massive opposition. As for pathetic City council - spend more on flood prevention, and less on public swimming pools which people don't need, community radio stations, ethnic cookery courses, and community newspapers which are simply a PR tool for City Council. What Oxford desperately needs from the forthcoming Local Elections in May is to return a balanced coalition which cares about all the people of Oxford, not a Council ruled by autocratic Labour, desperate to cling-on to the last vestiges of Blair and Brown total disaster. If there is nothing to chose between Labour, LibDems and Greens in Oxford, then why not vote-in an Independent?[/p][/quote]You could always vote Conservative Myron... Might not agree with their policies, but at least they will be frugal with 75% of the things you find distasteful. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 3

10:11am Fri 24 Jan 14

hammerthebarstewards says...

Use the money wasted by OCC on cleaning the drains, streams ( just look at the debris, weeds etc in the picture of Bullstake Stream) dredging the water courses and of course the Thames. Farmers and land owners should be held responsible for maintaining ditches on their lands and the Highways Dept should do more to improve the ditches alongside roads. If the waters have somewhere to run into and drain out much of the flooding may be alleviated!
Use the money wasted by OCC on cleaning the drains, streams ( just look at the debris, weeds etc in the picture of Bullstake Stream) dredging the water courses and of course the Thames. Farmers and land owners should be held responsible for maintaining ditches on their lands and the Highways Dept should do more to improve the ditches alongside roads. If the waters have somewhere to run into and drain out much of the flooding may be alleviated! hammerthebarstewards
  • Score: 2

11:36am Fri 24 Jan 14

EMBOX2 says...

Oxford City Council's ineptness is legendary.

Spending money on minorities, "research" trips abroad and bonkers projects is far more important than protecting the people who voted them in.

Answer? Campaign against these morons and get rid of them. They key to this lies in the estates, where Labour are strongest. All parties in Oxford are to blame, and it will take a coalition and more independants to change the balance of power.

Oh, and an elected mayor too - preferably a non-political one - someone who gives a **** about our city.
Oxford City Council's ineptness is legendary. Spending money on minorities, "research" trips abroad and bonkers projects is far more important than protecting the people who voted them in. Answer? Campaign against these morons and get rid of them. They key to this lies in the estates, where Labour are strongest. All parties in Oxford are to blame, and it will take a coalition and more independants to change the balance of power. Oh, and an elected mayor too - preferably a non-political one - someone who gives a **** about our city. EMBOX2
  • Score: 0

1:52pm Fri 24 Jan 14

cuckoo says...

EMBOX2 wrote:
Oxford City Council's ineptness is legendary.

Spending money on minorities, "research" trips abroad and bonkers projects is far more important than protecting the people who voted them in.

Answer? Campaign against these morons and get rid of them. They key to this lies in the estates, where Labour are strongest. All parties in Oxford are to blame, and it will take a coalition and more independants to change the balance of power.

Oh, and an elected mayor too - preferably a non-political one - someone who gives a **** about our city.
????????? re: "The key to this lies in the estates".
What exactly do the estates in Oxford have to do with the flooding?
Surely folk in each political area of Oxford vote for the candidate they think will perform best for THEIR community...........
..if those who are 'voted in' don't perform as expected, there's always the next local elections!
[quote][p][bold]EMBOX2[/bold] wrote: Oxford City Council's ineptness is legendary. Spending money on minorities, "research" trips abroad and bonkers projects is far more important than protecting the people who voted them in. Answer? Campaign against these morons and get rid of them. They key to this lies in the estates, where Labour are strongest. All parties in Oxford are to blame, and it will take a coalition and more independants to change the balance of power. Oh, and an elected mayor too - preferably a non-political one - someone who gives a **** about our city.[/p][/quote]????????? re: "The key to this lies in the estates". What exactly do the estates in Oxford have to do with the flooding? Surely folk in each political area of Oxford vote for the candidate they think will perform best for THEIR community........... ..if those who are 'voted in' don't perform as expected, there's always the next local elections! cuckoo
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