During June and July the Environment Agency and its partners held 5 public events across the Oxford area to update communities on flood work.
These events were also set up to offer local communities and residents the opportunity to talk to the technical specialists who are working on the project and to provide them with valuable information about the local area.
The project team is now looking at these ideas to see what might be feasible and this information could prove vital as the design of the scheme progresses.
Joanna Larmour, Project Director for the Environment Agency, said: “The primary role of a flood relief channel will be to reduce flood risk to people in Oxford. We will seek to ensure that any scheme will work with natural processes to bring multiple benefits and enhancements to the local environment.”
The team will begin ground investigation work in the area in September. This work is scheduled to take 4 weeks and will consist of digging boreholes and test pits into the ground. The results of this work will help the team to understand the geology of underlying layers of rock and soil and confirm groundwater levels.