Oxford City Council has ‘broken ground’ on a £2.2m flood alleviation scheme that will protect 110 homes in Northway and Marston.
Residents in Northway and New Marston have been hit by flash flooding in the past due to their close proximity to Peasmoor Brook and the Headington Hill Tributary. Flooding in the areas can happen in as little as half an hour after periods of torrential rain.
The Northway and Marston Flood Alleviation Scheme will see natural embankments installed, the water channel realigned, the ground lowered to create temporary flood storage areas and a wetland nature reserve created.
Temporary storage means that when the area is hit with torrential rain, water is channelled to these 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.
This week Oxford City Council broke ground at Northway Community Field and Court Place Farm Recreation Ground, starting work to create the three flood storage areas.
This follows work which began in November including a flood prevention wall at the Oxford Boxing Academy and footpath level changes in Saxon Way and Peasmoor Piece.
The project will now see embankments created and the ground level lowered at Northway Community Field and Court Place Farm Recreation Ground over the next couple of months. This will be followed by trees being planted, and grass and wildflower seeds sown during spring. The project will be completed in summer 2017.
During the work, the City Council will do its best to manage construction traffic to avoid causing congestion and keep mud off the roads.
Oxford City Council successfully won funding from the Environment Agency (£1.6m) and Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership (£600,000) to make the flood alleviation scheme happen.
The scheme is being delivered by Oxford City Council, which is not the flood authority for Oxford. The scheme is an example of the City Council going above and beyond its remit to ensure the best for Oxford residents.
Councillor John Tanner, Executive Board Member for a Clean and Green Oxford, said: “It’s great to see work starting on the new flood storage areas at Northway and Court Place Farm. This is all part of an flood prevention scheme which will make it much less likely that homes in Northway and Marston will suffer from flash-flooding. Step by step we are making things better for local people.”