With an estimated 4,500 homes in Oxford at risk of flooding each year, along with major roads, railway lines, schools and businesses, the 2016 announcement of a Flood Alleviation Scheme was very welcome news. A number of events were held in May to allow the public access to information about the scheme and now the online consultation has been launched.
The consultation runs until 20 July 2017 and asks for your views about the scheme in general and, specifically, some of the design elements. Public participation in these consultations is very important and is taken into account before final decisions (in this case, for the final design and, potentially, the final planning decison) are made. So, if you have views – one way or the other about the proposed flood alleviation – now is your chance to voice them. Use the link above to reach the consultation site, download the consultation documents – be aware that it is 43 pages long so may take a while to download, and perhaps a bit longer to read! – and then let the Environment Agency know your thoughts via the online survey. Alternatively, you can read the documents at:
Oxford Central Library – where flood alleviation scheme project team members will be available to answer questions between 12pm and 6pm on Thursday 6th July;
Oxford Town Hall;
Botley Library – where project team members will be available to answer questions between 9:30am and 2pm on Tuesday 11th July; or
Kennington Library – where project team members will be available to answer questions between 2pm and 7pm on Friday 30th June.
Public consultations are there to allow the public to have their say on matters that might affect them. Make the most of the opportunity to do so if this scheme may affect you in any way.