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8:48am Mon 6 Jan 14

Myron Blatz says...

Right-on Cameron and Osborne - what the UK (before it falls-apart with the Scots doing their own thing) really needs is more Government cut-backs in public spending on things like flood prevention and management, and instead throw the Country open to the profit-greedy private sector to run things - like the prison service, water, gas and electric companies, our railways, hospitals, the health sector, schools and education, and anything else the Tories can flog-off ... whilst still giving these so-called 'privatised' companies massive public subsidies. Oh yeah, and at the same time, keep reducing income-tax for those all-important Tory voters and businesses. Hey, why not simply re-brand the Tories and all their supporters as 'republicans' and cut the carping! As people across the UK and here in Oxfordshire face yet another crisis from floods and the weather, brace yourselves for even more natural disasters if Cameron and his pals get back into power in 2015!
Right-on Cameron and Osborne - what the UK (before it falls-apart with the Scots doing their own thing) really needs is more Government cut-backs in public spending on things like flood prevention and management, and instead throw the Country open to the profit-greedy private sector to run things - like the prison service, water, gas and electric companies, our railways, hospitals, the health sector, schools and education, and anything else the Tories can flog-off ... whilst still giving these so-called 'privatised' companies massive public subsidies. Oh yeah, and at the same time, keep reducing income-tax for those all-important Tory voters and businesses. Hey, why not simply re-brand the Tories and all their supporters as 'republicans' and cut the carping! As people across the UK and here in Oxfordshire face yet another crisis from floods and the weather, brace yourselves for even more natural disasters if Cameron and his pals get back into power in 2015! Myron Blatz
  • Score: -117

9:40am Mon 6 Jan 14

dave from witney says...

Myron Blatz wrote:
Right-on Cameron and Osborne - what the UK (before it falls-apart with the Scots doing their own thing) really needs is more Government cut-backs in public spending on things like flood prevention and management, and instead throw the Country open to the profit-greedy private sector to run things - like the prison service, water, gas and electric companies, our railways, hospitals, the health sector, schools and education, and anything else the Tories can flog-off ... whilst still giving these so-called 'privatised' companies massive public subsidies. Oh yeah, and at the same time, keep reducing income-tax for those all-important Tory voters and businesses. Hey, why not simply re-brand the Tories and all their supporters as 'republicans' and cut the carping! As people across the UK and here in Oxfordshire face yet another crisis from floods and the weather, brace yourselves for even more natural disasters if Cameron and his pals get back into power in 2015!
And so ends this morning's party political broadcast on behalf of the Labour Party.
[quote][p][bold]Myron Blatz[/bold] wrote: Right-on Cameron and Osborne - what the UK (before it falls-apart with the Scots doing their own thing) really needs is more Government cut-backs in public spending on things like flood prevention and management, and instead throw the Country open to the profit-greedy private sector to run things - like the prison service, water, gas and electric companies, our railways, hospitals, the health sector, schools and education, and anything else the Tories can flog-off ... whilst still giving these so-called 'privatised' companies massive public subsidies. Oh yeah, and at the same time, keep reducing income-tax for those all-important Tory voters and businesses. Hey, why not simply re-brand the Tories and all their supporters as 'republicans' and cut the carping! As people across the UK and here in Oxfordshire face yet another crisis from floods and the weather, brace yourselves for even more natural disasters if Cameron and his pals get back into power in 2015![/p][/quote]And so ends this morning's party political broadcast on behalf of the Labour Party. dave from witney
  • Score: -86

9:49am Mon 6 Jan 14

margaretf says...

The flooding information for Oxford and neighbouring areas seems very helpful.BUT where is the relevant news for other parts of the County?I live some 5 miles from Banbury. Who is responsible for the roads I use and why is there no bulletin? This does not of course belittle the helpful work I refer to above but it seems we do not matter in the outer areas and it is most unsettling.
Perhaps the local authorities will respond??
Perhaps.
MFerriman
The flooding information for Oxford and neighbouring areas seems very helpful.BUT where is the relevant news for other parts of the County?I live some 5 miles from Banbury. Who is responsible for the roads I use and why is there no bulletin? This does not of course belittle the helpful work I refer to above but it seems we do not matter in the outer areas and it is most unsettling. Perhaps the local authorities will respond?? Perhaps. MFerriman margaretf
  • Score: -9

11:44am Mon 6 Jan 14

EMBOX2 says...

M Ferriman - assuming you live in Oxfordshire, then Oxfordshire County Council are responsible for the roads.

If you know a road is flooded and dangerous, then by all means report it to the county council and local media (news/radio). At times like these, it is everyone's duty to look out for one another and report anything that may be dangerous.
M Ferriman - assuming you live in Oxfordshire, then Oxfordshire County Council are responsible for the roads. If you know a road is flooded and dangerous, then by all means report it to the county council and local media (news/radio). At times like these, it is everyone's duty to look out for one another and report anything that may be dangerous. EMBOX2
  • Score: -112

4:01pm Mon 6 Jan 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

Open the thames barrier and all the weirs between here and london and water levels will start to fall!
Open the thames barrier and all the weirs between here and london and water levels will start to fall! yabbadabbadoo256
  • Score: -175

4:43pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

Nice to see the drivers on the Abingdon Road slowing down to avoid causing more grief, not !
Nice to see the drivers on the Abingdon Road slowing down to avoid causing more grief, not ! Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
  • Score: -74

7:35pm Mon 6 Jan 14

cuckoo says...

yabbadabbadoo256 wrote:
Open the thames barrier and all the weirs between here and london and water levels will start to fall!
Must admit, I have been wondering about the Thames Barrier and its current status. Guessing it's closed!!!
[quote][p][bold]yabbadabbadoo256[/bold] wrote: Open the thames barrier and all the weirs between here and london and water levels will start to fall![/p][/quote]Must admit, I have been wondering about the Thames Barrier and its current status. Guessing it's closed!!! cuckoo
  • Score: -73

8:31pm Mon 6 Jan 14

nat-obz says...

cuckoo wrote:
yabbadabbadoo256 wrote:
Open the thames barrier and all the weirs between here and london and water levels will start to fall!
Must admit, I have been wondering about the Thames Barrier and its current status. Guessing it's closed!!!
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[quote][p][bold]cuckoo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yabbadabbadoo256[/bold] wrote: Open the thames barrier and all the weirs between here and london and water levels will start to fall![/p][/quote]Must admit, I have been wondering about the Thames Barrier and its current status. Guessing it's closed!!![/p][/quote]http://www.telegraph .co.uk/topics/weathe r/article10551766.ec e#ooid=1tcnBqajoeLtk nek3zus6hB-RkkAi-a- nat-obz
  • Score: -73

8:51pm Mon 6 Jan 14

Saffron C says...

Over the last few days the toilet has been backed up and today Thames Water have told us there is nothing they can do. We have been left without a toilet or washing facilities. We haven't even been told what we can do with our waste. At 8.50 I am having my first cup of coffee since leaving work at 5pm because there are no toilet facilities. Surely they could put portakabins in the area?
Over the last few days the toilet has been backed up and today Thames Water have told us there is nothing they can do. We have been left without a toilet or washing facilities. We haven't even been told what we can do with our waste. At 8.50 I am having my first cup of coffee since leaving work at 5pm because there are no toilet facilities. Surely they could put portakabins in the area? Saffron C
  • Score: -22

10:09am Tue 7 Jan 14

stegi100 says...

There is a correctly a shift in spending on flooding from inefficient over expensive EA "gold plated" schemes to more effective local flood protection measures. The responsibility is on local communities or householders to come together and obtain independent professional help.

I run a specialist civil engineering consultancy in Abingdon and have undertaken many flood risk assessments and mitigation works, from protecting single houses to the radar for Gatwick airport (which didn't flood).

The cost of such help is minimal against typical insurance claims, damage or disruption.

I have worked with numerous villages in Oxfordshire to design and obtain funding for various small but locally important flood mitigation works, outside the EA funded scheme budgets.

My advice to those in South Hinksey and similar, take ownership and obtain independent professional help yourselves, don't just rely or expect the state to help.

For those that are concerned that they may be flooded or have been flooded and want to mitigate against it happening again there is nothing stopping them getting professional flood risk assessments done to better understand the risk. Google - Flood risk advice Oxfordshire

Assume next year the flooding will be worse.
There is a correctly a shift in spending on flooding from inefficient over expensive EA "gold plated" schemes to more effective local flood protection measures. The responsibility is on local communities or householders to come together and obtain independent professional help. I run a specialist civil engineering consultancy in Abingdon and have undertaken many flood risk assessments and mitigation works, from protecting single houses to the radar for Gatwick airport (which didn't flood). The cost of such help is minimal against typical insurance claims, damage or disruption. I have worked with numerous villages in Oxfordshire to design and obtain funding for various small but locally important flood mitigation works, outside the EA funded scheme budgets. My advice to those in South Hinksey and similar, take ownership and obtain independent professional help yourselves, don't just rely or expect the state to help. For those that are concerned that they may be flooded or have been flooded and want to mitigate against it happening again there is nothing stopping them getting professional flood risk assessments done to better understand the risk. Google - Flood risk advice Oxfordshire Assume next year the flooding will be worse. stegi100
  • Score: 1

12:31pm Tue 7 Jan 14

King Joke says...

yabbadabbadoo256 wrote:
Open the thames barrier and all the weirs between here and london and water levels will start to fall!
I wouldn't make any difference - the channel of the Thames cannot handle the current volume of water, so it wouldn't get to London and the North Sea any quicker.

BTW the Thames Barrier is to stop storm surges coming inland from the North Sea, and can do nothing to stop floods upstream. It will be down unless a storm surge is imminent.
[quote][p][bold]yabbadabbadoo256[/bold] wrote: Open the thames barrier and all the weirs between here and london and water levels will start to fall![/p][/quote]I wouldn't make any difference - the channel of the Thames cannot handle the current volume of water, so it wouldn't get to London and the North Sea any quicker. BTW the Thames Barrier is to stop storm surges coming inland from the North Sea, and can do nothing to stop floods upstream. It will be down unless a storm surge is imminent. King Joke
  • Score: 15

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