MP fights for floods relief on two fronts

Herald Series: Nicola Blackwood MP Nicola Blackwood MP

FLOOD defence options for Abingdon need to be thoroughly investigated according to the town’s MP.

At a special meeting yesterday Nicola Blackwood, MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, told council leaders it was essential schemes to protect Oxford did not have a knock-on effect downstream.

She said: “Protecting Abingdon from flooding is a vital part of our long-term strategic response to these winter floods.

“There are over 300 homes at significant risk of flooding from the River Ock and I am determined to do whatever I can to push for better flood protection for Abingdon, as well as Oxford.”

The plea came after town leaders in Abingdon and Wallingford called to be remembered in plans for a £123m Western Conveyance channel for Oxford.

They warned the scheme could make flooding worse downstream if water is diverted past the city more quickly.

Leader of the Vale council Matthew Barber, Abingdon Town Council leader Sandy Lovatt, and Ms Blackwood agreed at the meeting to ask the Environment Agency to look into specific flood protection schemes for Abingdon.

A county-wide flood summit takes place on March 21.

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9:22am Sat 22 Feb 14

Gunslinger says...

Quite right, and I hope voters will hold her to it.
The downstream flood risk in Abingdon is not so much from the Thames itself, which tends to overflow onto the South Oxfordshire side (where the football ground is) but from the minor rivers like the Ock which flow into it.
It is quite likely that even very minor changes to the volume and flow of the Thames could have major effects on the way these minor rivers back up and flood.
Quite right, and I hope voters will hold her to it. The downstream flood risk in Abingdon is not so much from the Thames itself, which tends to overflow onto the South Oxfordshire side (where the football ground is) but from the minor rivers like the Ock which flow into it. It is quite likely that even very minor changes to the volume and flow of the Thames could have major effects on the way these minor rivers back up and flood. Gunslinger

12:15am Mon 24 Feb 14

Myron Blatz says...

Just a thought, but if Immigration Minister Mark Harper resigned over an illegal immigrant (one he employed) should MP Nicola Blackwood follow his noble example, by resigning over the latest revelations about illegal workers in Abingdon - surely part of her constituency? What's good for the goose ......
Just a thought, but if Immigration Minister Mark Harper resigned over an illegal immigrant (one he employed) should MP Nicola Blackwood follow his noble example, by resigning over the latest revelations about illegal workers in Abingdon - surely part of her constituency? What's good for the goose ...... Myron Blatz

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