Work to reduce flooding at Burford Car Park

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Work to reduce flooding at Burford Car Park

Work has been carried out to reduce the risk of flooding at Burford’s public car park as part of on-going prevention measures in West Oxfordshire.

The Guildenford Car Park is the town’s main public car park and has been affected by flooding from a nearby tributary of the River Windrush three times in the last year alone.

Following heavy downpours at the end of 2012, the car park was so badly flooded it had to stay closed for three weeks.

West Oxfordshire District Council, which owns the car park, has now carried out work to open up two spillways from the River Windrush and clear silt from the river bed, to reduce water levels and improve the flow of water.

During periods of heavy rainfall, the spillways will redirect excess water back into the River Windrush and the downstream effect of this work will be monitored to ensure that there are no detrimental environmental or commercial impacts.

The Council has also re-levelled the car park with 45 tonnes of gravel as well as resurfaced it in some areas to get rid of potholes caused by water damage from flooding.

Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “The issue of flooding remains a priority for our Council and the measures at Burford are the latest in a succession of alleviation work carried out in West Oxfordshire.

“The Car Park was badly affected by flooding last winter and this had a significant impact on the town. We want to avoid a repeat of this and are very hopeful that this work will prevent serious flooding so that the car park can continue running smoothly, which is vital for the town’s businesses and tourism industry.”

Jennifer Smith, Chair of Burford Chamber of Trade, representing local businesses in the town, said that members would be delighted to hear about the work.

“Last year’s floods had an impact on local trade during the Christmas season and we hope that improvements will reduce flood problems in future,” she added.

More than £1m has been secured by the Council for a continuing programme of flood prevention work since the District was hit by devastating floods in 2007.

The funding has enabled it to work with partner agencies, including Oxfordshire County Council, the Environment Agency, Thames Water and DEFRA, to progress alleviation schemes in the District as well as impact legislative changes.

From the end of next month, the Council will start its annual programme of ditch clearance work on land that it is responsible for. It is also reminding private landowners of their duties to keep their ditches, brooks and streams clear to help minimise the risk of flooding in the District.

Posted : 02/10/2013 11:14:14

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