Northway and Marston flood alleviation project

We have completed flood prevention work in Northway and Marston, North East Oxford - protecting 110 homes from surface water flash flooding.

We started work on the £2.2m Northway and Marston Flood Alleviation Scheme in November 2016.

Work has now been completed on the temporary flood water storage areas, channel realignment and natural embankments.

It means that the 110 homes are now at a reduced risk from surface water flash flooding.

To learn more about the Northway and Marston Flood Alleviation Scheme, watch a four minute highlight film or see more information below.

The wards have been hit by flash flooding in the past due to their close proximity to Peasmoor Brook and the Headington Hill Tributary. It can take as little as half an hour of torrential rain to cause flooding of homes in the areas.

Our project started on Monday 31 October with the installation of flood prevention measures, including flood-proof doors, at the Oxford Boxing Academy. This was followed by road and pavement level changes in Saxon Way, Westland Drive and Peasmoor Piece.

In February 2012 the major earthworks phase began at Northway Community Field and Court Place Farm Recreation Ground. Since then three temporary flood water storage areas have been created, natural embankments have been installed, the channel realigned and a wetland reserve established.

Temporary storage means that if the area is hit with torrential rain, water is channelled to specific areas, held there temporarily and then released into the drainage system and waterways at a pace they can cope with. This prevents flooding of homes and businesses, roads and pavements.

In the event of a torrential rain, water will now be channelled into the three temporary flood water storage areas, and then released into the drainage system and waterways at a pace they can cope with.

Protective fencing at Northway Community Field and Court Place Farm Recreation Ground will remain in place until the end of August 2017 to allow new grass seeds and wildflower seeds to establish. 

Trees and shrubs will then be planted across both sites during the autumn planting season.

The new FA-compliant and full-size football pitch in Northway Community Field will open in January 2018.

This project represents our commitment to address the risk of flash flooding for residents in the city and the financial and emotional damage flooding can cause. 

We successfully won funding from grants administered by the Environment Agency (£1.6m) and Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (£600,000) to make the project happen. We would like to thank the Environmental Agency and the Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership for their support in funding this project.