Funding secured for Northway and Marston flood protection scheme

Published: Monday, 12th October 2015

Oxford City Council has secured almost £2.2m of funding for a scheme that will protect 110 properties from flooding in Northway and Marston.

Oxfordshire LEP (Local Enterprise Partnership) has given £600,000 to the scheme, while £1,596,000 is from grants administered by the Environment Agency.

The project will be discussed at November’s City Executive Board meeting and, if approved, will completely remove 91 houses from the risk of flooding.

Northway and Marston has been hit by flash flooding in the past due to its close proximity to Peasmoor Brook and the Headington Hill Tributary.

The work will see natural bunds and dwarf walls installed, as well as the brook widened and a wetland reserve created to use as temporary flood storage.

If the scheme is approved in November, a detailed design will then be drawn up before a planning application is submitted. Work could start by the end of 2016.

The City Council is running an open forum for members of the public to learn more about flood prevention and protection in Oxford on Tuesday 13 October between 7pm and 9pm at Town Hall.

Councillor John Tanner, Executive Board Member for Climate Change and Cleaner, Greener Oxford, said: “Being flooded out of your home is nothing short of nightmare and I am delighted that this funding has been secured so that we can bring relief to residents.”