Work starts on Northway and Marston Flood Alleviation Scheme

Published: Tuesday, 15th November 2016

Work has started on a £2.2m flood alleviation scheme that will reduce the flood risk to 110 homes in Northway and Marston.

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.

The Oxford City Council project has started with the installation of flood prevention measures, including flood-proof doors, at the Oxford Boxing Academy and pavement level changes in Saxon Way. This will be followed by footpath level changes through Peasmoor Piece.

Major work will begin at Northway Community Field and Court Place Farm Recreation Ground in the New Year. This will include natural embankments being installed, the channel realigned and a wetland reserve created to use as temporary flood storage.

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.

Oxford City Council successfully won funding from the Environment Agency (£1.6m) and Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (£600,000) to make the project happen.

The construction of the Northway and Marston Flood Alleviation Scheme, which won unanimous planning approval earlier this year, is expected to be completed by summer 2017.

Councillor John Tanner, Executive Board Member for a Clean and Green Oxford, said: “It’s really good to see this anti-flood work get underway. I hope there won’t be too much disruption for local people. But it will definitely be worth it as it will significantly reduce the impact of flash flooding in Northway and Marston.”