Category Archives: Flooding

Welsh van man fag trap

A self-employed van driver in Wales has been fined for smoking in his own van. What is it about the local authority mindset, why is it even worse in Wales, and do the local police have nothing better to do? … Continue reading

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Eco-towns – a no-brainer

If you start at the bottom of the tree of intelligent life, you would first find the transport officers of Oxfordshire County Council. You would go up past stones and worms and ferns and come to Caroline Flint and John … Continue reading

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Environment Agency neglects the basics

Many factors contributed to the severity of the recent Oxford floods – a lot of rain fell in a short time; the Government reneged on its flood defence funding commitments; Oxford’s developer-friendly planning officers, too idle to think beyond getting … Continue reading

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Yvette Cooper cries “Pax” over flood-plains

Housing Minister Yvette Cooper is pressing ahead with plans to build thousands more houses on flood-plains. The proposals came out in a week when half the south of England was under water. The government is not entirely to blame for … Continue reading

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Oxford floods keep rising

I have been watching various markers on Port Meadow, by the River Thames at Oxford. One is the wooden walkway which runs between the boats and the trees in the photographs below of Medley. On Sunday the top of the … Continue reading

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Drying out Worcester Woman

“The Times has learnt that the Ministry of Defence was unwilling to supply lorries and drivers without being guaranteed payment for their services. As a result there appear to have been delays [in delivering] sleeping bags and food parcels to … Continue reading

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Signs to ignore in Oxford

The picture below was taken at Medley Weir at the end of June 2007. The bright red sign first went up at the end of January, when a boy drowned in the River Thames just behind the left-hand gate post. … Continue reading

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