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6:33am Mon 10 Feb 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

Will the council be using any common sense today, will they open the High Street to ease what will no doubt be nightmare journey's into Oxford ?
Will the council be using any common sense today, will they open the High Street to ease what will no doubt be nightmare journey's into Oxford ? Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
  • Score: 4

7:03am Mon 10 Feb 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

High St traffic restrictions remain from 7.30am to allow better flow of buses in and out of Oxford.

Typical short sighted response. Buses will run freely up the High Street and down St Aldates but everywhere else will be gridlocked so they won't be going anywhere. A more sensible option would be to have a plan with bus companies where the numbers of buses are reduced but the ones running are used more effectively, do we really need a bus every two minutes trying to get into town from Blackbird Leys with three or four people on it ?
High St traffic restrictions remain from 7.30am to allow better flow of buses in and out of Oxford. Typical short sighted response. Buses will run freely up the High Street and down St Aldates but everywhere else will be gridlocked so they won't be going anywhere. A more sensible option would be to have a plan with bus companies where the numbers of buses are reduced but the ones running are used more effectively, do we really need a bus every two minutes trying to get into town from Blackbird Leys with three or four people on it ? Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
  • Score: -2

7:42am Mon 10 Feb 14

shippondame says...

Why is OCC Flood Line not open until 08:30am?
Why is OCC Flood Line not open until 08:30am? shippondame
  • Score: 4

8:32am Mon 10 Feb 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

shippondame wrote:
Why is OCC Flood Line not open until 08:30am?
Because yet again the councils have shown how useless they are when anything out of the ordinary occurs.
[quote][p][bold]shippondame[/bold] wrote: Why is OCC Flood Line not open until 08:30am?[/p][/quote]Because yet again the councils have shown how useless they are when anything out of the ordinary occurs. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
  • Score: 1

8:49am Mon 10 Feb 14

saysme36 says...

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe wrote:
High St traffic restrictions remain from 7.30am to allow better flow of buses in and out of Oxford.

Typical short sighted response. Buses will run freely up the High Street and down St Aldates but everywhere else will be gridlocked so they won't be going anywhere. A more sensible option would be to have a plan with bus companies where the numbers of buses are reduced but the ones running are used more effectively, do we really need a bus every two minutes trying to get into town from Blackbird Leys with three or four people on it ?
Or perhaps you could use the bus so that traffic ran more smoothly and the buses were full.
[quote][p][bold]Sandy Wimpole-Smythe[/bold] wrote: High St traffic restrictions remain from 7.30am to allow better flow of buses in and out of Oxford. Typical short sighted response. Buses will run freely up the High Street and down St Aldates but everywhere else will be gridlocked so they won't be going anywhere. A more sensible option would be to have a plan with bus companies where the numbers of buses are reduced but the ones running are used more effectively, do we really need a bus every two minutes trying to get into town from Blackbird Leys with three or four people on it ?[/p][/quote]Or perhaps you could use the bus so that traffic ran more smoothly and the buses were full. saysme36
  • Score: 23

10:15am Mon 10 Feb 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

saysme36 wrote:
Sandy Wimpole-Smythe wrote:
High St traffic restrictions remain from 7.30am to allow better flow of buses in and out of Oxford.

Typical short sighted response. Buses will run freely up the High Street and down St Aldates but everywhere else will be gridlocked so they won't be going anywhere. A more sensible option would be to have a plan with bus companies where the numbers of buses are reduced but the ones running are used more effectively, do we really need a bus every two minutes trying to get into town from Blackbird Leys with three or four people on it ?
Or perhaps you could use the bus so that traffic ran more smoothly and the buses were full.
If I worked in Oxford I would but I don't.
[quote][p][bold]saysme36[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sandy Wimpole-Smythe[/bold] wrote: High St traffic restrictions remain from 7.30am to allow better flow of buses in and out of Oxford. Typical short sighted response. Buses will run freely up the High Street and down St Aldates but everywhere else will be gridlocked so they won't be going anywhere. A more sensible option would be to have a plan with bus companies where the numbers of buses are reduced but the ones running are used more effectively, do we really need a bus every two minutes trying to get into town from Blackbird Leys with three or four people on it ?[/p][/quote]Or perhaps you could use the bus so that traffic ran more smoothly and the buses were full.[/p][/quote]If I worked in Oxford I would but I don't. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
  • Score: 2

10:22am Mon 10 Feb 14

John Hatch says...

The Vale of White Horse DC now seem to routinely block Kennington Road at the junction/mini-rounda
bout with Upper Road, and put up a dam, as a precaution if they see any risk of water coming across their boundary with Oxford City Council.
This cuts access between Kennington and Oxford except via a long detour through Bagley Wood Road and the old Abingdon-Oxford Road
Not long ago, the roundabout was closed for a few weeks for engineering works. Many of us assumed this was to construct a drain to pipe away the puddle which forms at the base of the slip road giving access to the west-bound carriageway of the Southern Bypass. It seems the ramp built for the slip road has blocked the natural flow of water.
In the event, whatever engineering works were carried out during the disruption seem to have made the access problem worse. Those who need to get between Kennington and Oxford are coming to see the precautionary dam and road-block as the problem and not a solution.
The Vale of White Horse DC now seem to routinely block Kennington Road at the junction/mini-rounda bout with Upper Road, and put up a dam, as a precaution if they see any risk of water coming across their boundary with Oxford City Council. This cuts access between Kennington and Oxford except via a long detour through Bagley Wood Road and the old Abingdon-Oxford Road Not long ago, the roundabout was closed for a few weeks for engineering works. Many of us assumed this was to construct a drain to pipe away the puddle which forms at the base of the slip road giving access to the west-bound carriageway of the Southern Bypass. It seems the ramp built for the slip road has blocked the natural flow of water. In the event, whatever engineering works were carried out during the disruption seem to have made the access problem worse. Those who need to get between Kennington and Oxford are coming to see the precautionary dam and road-block as the problem and not a solution. John Hatch
  • Score: 3

10:22am Mon 10 Feb 14

Myron Blatz says...

So why isn't anyone blaming reckless local planning authorities for failing to stop 'concreting over' and building on flood plains across Oxfordshire, and where has the Coalition and previous Labour government been for decades in forcing landowners and large commercial farms to ensure farmland has adequate provision for drains, instead of maximising land for profits? Blaming worst rainfall in living memory (and snowfall in recent years, too) ignores the fact that like many of the causes and effects on global warming, it is humans who are to blame - whether not dredging to save money, or allowing domestic and commercial building on land which can affect effective and efficient water management. Nor should we forget the way the privatised water and sewage companies have consistently put their own profits and those of their shareholders before investing in repairs and development - again, something which successive governments (including 13 years of Labour) failed to address. We don't want 'hollow apologies' after the event from government ministers, but ACTION - and if Cameron's Government is so incapable and useless, then they should all resign, and try and find proper jobs ...... not paid for out of the public purse!
So why isn't anyone blaming reckless local planning authorities for failing to stop 'concreting over' and building on flood plains across Oxfordshire, and where has the Coalition and previous Labour government been for decades in forcing landowners and large commercial farms to ensure farmland has adequate provision for drains, instead of maximising land for profits? Blaming worst rainfall in living memory (and snowfall in recent years, too) ignores the fact that like many of the causes and effects on global warming, it is humans who are to blame - whether not dredging to save money, or allowing domestic and commercial building on land which can affect effective and efficient water management. Nor should we forget the way the privatised water and sewage companies have consistently put their own profits and those of their shareholders before investing in repairs and development - again, something which successive governments (including 13 years of Labour) failed to address. We don't want 'hollow apologies' after the event from government ministers, but ACTION - and if Cameron's Government is so incapable and useless, then they should all resign, and try and find proper jobs ...... not paid for out of the public purse! Myron Blatz
  • Score: 14

11:02am Mon 10 Feb 14

the wizard says...

Our central government doesn't have a clue about what to do, neither do the county, city or respective town councils. They seem to be unable to come up with any fresh ideas. However a good friend tells me that when the Environment Agency turned up at Chalgrove, they came with good equipment and a hard working team that toiled around the clock to try to contain the situation. I think the government should be putting full support to these guys who know what they are doing. As goes the dredging or lack of it, it turns out that the Treasury has been stipulating how much can be spent on each project. Egg on your face Cameron, the EA have been warning you about this and you took no notice, please tell, are you going to take the blame, or are you going to try to slide it onto somebody else, a plain yes or no will do.
Our central government doesn't have a clue about what to do, neither do the county, city or respective town councils. They seem to be unable to come up with any fresh ideas. However a good friend tells me that when the Environment Agency turned up at Chalgrove, they came with good equipment and a hard working team that toiled around the clock to try to contain the situation. I think the government should be putting full support to these guys who know what they are doing. As goes the dredging or lack of it, it turns out that the Treasury has been stipulating how much can be spent on each project. Egg on your face Cameron, the EA have been warning you about this and you took no notice, please tell, are you going to take the blame, or are you going to try to slide it onto somebody else, a plain yes or no will do. the wizard
  • Score: 3

11:08am Mon 10 Feb 14

IS says...

Any updates on trains going NORTH from Oxford?
Any updates on trains going NORTH from Oxford? IS
  • Score: 0

11:10am Mon 10 Feb 14

IS says...

Any update on trains running North from Oxford?
Any update on trains running North from Oxford? IS
  • Score: 0

11:48am Mon 10 Feb 14

william12 says...

the wizard wrote:
Our central government doesn't have a clue about what to do, neither do the county, city or respective town councils. They seem to be unable to come up with any fresh ideas. However a good friend tells me that when the Environment Agency turned up at Chalgrove, they came with good equipment and a hard working team that toiled around the clock to try to contain the situation. I think the government should be putting full support to these guys who know what they are doing. As goes the dredging or lack of it, it turns out that the Treasury has been stipulating how much can be spent on each project. Egg on your face Cameron, the EA have been warning you about this and you took no notice, please tell, are you going to take the blame, or are you going to try to slide it onto somebody else, a plain yes or no will do.
The government do know what to do .Neglect our services and infrastructure and give OUR money away in Foriegn aid, mainly to countries who dont need it.How many countries are giving us any aid.
[quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: Our central government doesn't have a clue about what to do, neither do the county, city or respective town councils. They seem to be unable to come up with any fresh ideas. However a good friend tells me that when the Environment Agency turned up at Chalgrove, they came with good equipment and a hard working team that toiled around the clock to try to contain the situation. I think the government should be putting full support to these guys who know what they are doing. As goes the dredging or lack of it, it turns out that the Treasury has been stipulating how much can be spent on each project. Egg on your face Cameron, the EA have been warning you about this and you took no notice, please tell, are you going to take the blame, or are you going to try to slide it onto somebody else, a plain yes or no will do.[/p][/quote]The government do know what to do .Neglect our services and infrastructure and give OUR money away in Foriegn aid, mainly to countries who dont need it.How many countries are giving us any aid. william12
  • Score: 3

12:34pm Mon 10 Feb 14

the wizard says...

william12 wrote:
the wizard wrote:
Our central government doesn't have a clue about what to do, neither do the county, city or respective town councils. They seem to be unable to come up with any fresh ideas. However a good friend tells me that when the Environment Agency turned up at Chalgrove, they came with good equipment and a hard working team that toiled around the clock to try to contain the situation. I think the government should be putting full support to these guys who know what they are doing. As goes the dredging or lack of it, it turns out that the Treasury has been stipulating how much can be spent on each project. Egg on your face Cameron, the EA have been warning you about this and you took no notice, please tell, are you going to take the blame, or are you going to try to slide it onto somebody else, a plain yes or no will do.
The government do know what to do .Neglect our services and infrastructure and give OUR money away in Foriegn aid, mainly to countries who dont need it.How many countries are giving us any aid.
Yes, exactly, I have made this point several times recently. Cameron needs to concentrate less on photo opportunities and get on doing with what he is paid to do.

After this lot has settled and we are back to some degree of normality a big over view is needed and measures put in place over the summer/autumn months to prevent the same occurring next winter. Long term measures not short term fixes and a big programme on road repairs too.

Add to that councils should be made to dip into their reserves to help meet the costs of providing these measures and carrying out the proper repairs needed.
[quote][p][bold]william12[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]the wizard[/bold] wrote: Our central government doesn't have a clue about what to do, neither do the county, city or respective town councils. They seem to be unable to come up with any fresh ideas. However a good friend tells me that when the Environment Agency turned up at Chalgrove, they came with good equipment and a hard working team that toiled around the clock to try to contain the situation. I think the government should be putting full support to these guys who know what they are doing. As goes the dredging or lack of it, it turns out that the Treasury has been stipulating how much can be spent on each project. Egg on your face Cameron, the EA have been warning you about this and you took no notice, please tell, are you going to take the blame, or are you going to try to slide it onto somebody else, a plain yes or no will do.[/p][/quote]The government do know what to do .Neglect our services and infrastructure and give OUR money away in Foriegn aid, mainly to countries who dont need it.How many countries are giving us any aid.[/p][/quote]Yes, exactly, I have made this point several times recently. Cameron needs to concentrate less on photo opportunities and get on doing with what he is paid to do. After this lot has settled and we are back to some degree of normality a big over view is needed and measures put in place over the summer/autumn months to prevent the same occurring next winter. Long term measures not short term fixes and a big programme on road repairs too. Add to that councils should be made to dip into their reserves to help meet the costs of providing these measures and carrying out the proper repairs needed. the wizard
  • Score: 3

1:00pm Mon 10 Feb 14

pilot1944 says...

Well the Governments cutbacks have failed yet again they have cut the EA so much that they were not able to do what's necessary to try to stop these floods just like the Governments cuts to our Armed forces even that isn't working, Cameron and Osborne have to go down in history as the worst Prime Minister and Chancellor of the exchequer this country has ever known. I feel sorry for all those people that are having difficult times in and around Oxfordshire. Hope people will remember when the next election comes along who not to vote for.
Well the Governments cutbacks have failed yet again they have cut the EA so much that they were not able to do what's necessary to try to stop these floods just like the Governments cuts to our Armed forces even that isn't working, Cameron and Osborne have to go down in history as the worst Prime Minister and Chancellor of the exchequer this country has ever known. I feel sorry for all those people that are having difficult times in and around Oxfordshire. Hope people will remember when the next election comes along who not to vote for. pilot1944
  • Score: 2

1:30pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Bicester retired says...

While many blame the central government for cuts made to EA budgets, another perspective is http://order-order.c
om/2014/02/10/staff-
cuts-are-not-the-pro
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The problem seems to be ineffective use of resources, rather than inadequate resources.
While many blame the central government for cuts made to EA budgets, another perspective is http://order-order.c om/2014/02/10/staff- cuts-are-not-the-pro blem-at-the-environm ent-agencywhistleblo wer-management-just- want-to-expand-kingd om/ The problem seems to be ineffective use of resources, rather than inadequate resources. Bicester retired
  • Score: -1

1:32pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Bicester retired says...

sorry the link should be

http://order-order.c
om/2014/02/10/staff-
cuts-are-not-the-pro
blem-at-the-environm
ent-agencywhistleblo
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want-to-expand-kingd
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sorry the link should be http://order-order.c om/2014/02/10/staff- cuts-are-not-the-pro blem-at-the-environm ent-agencywhistleblo wer-management-just- want-to-expand-kingd om/ Bicester retired
  • Score: -1

5:49pm Mon 10 Feb 14

the wizard says...

Bicester retired wrote:
sorry the link should be

http://order-order.c

om/2014/02/10/staff-

cuts-are-not-the-pro

blem-at-the-environm

ent-agencywhistleblo

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want-to-expand-kingd

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With The Treasury having a cap on the EA and its projects is it any wonder that we are in this position ? While I do not condone overspending on any project the EA cannot fulfill its task with hands tied behind its back. Mind you if the village of Dean were to flood and Camerons place got trashed by floods then I dare say things would be very different, but that is highly unlikely to happen. Shame, as it may just bring some focus to how many thousands of families are having to cope right now.
[quote][p][bold]Bicester retired[/bold] wrote: sorry the link should be http://order-order.c om/2014/02/10/staff- cuts-are-not-the-pro blem-at-the-environm ent-agencywhistleblo wer-management-just- want-to-expand-kingd om/[/p][/quote]With The Treasury having a cap on the EA and its projects is it any wonder that we are in this position ? While I do not condone overspending on any project the EA cannot fulfill its task with hands tied behind its back. Mind you if the village of Dean were to flood and Camerons place got trashed by floods then I dare say things would be very different, but that is highly unlikely to happen. Shame, as it may just bring some focus to how many thousands of families are having to cope right now. the wizard
  • Score: 2

6:14pm Mon 10 Feb 14

pilot1944 says...

People must realise Cameron will only help the rich as that way he gets there vote at the next election he is not interested in the general public as if he did things would have moved a lot quicker, by god lets hope these cons don't get anyone's vote as this country will for sure be on it's knees it's not that far away now.
People must realise Cameron will only help the rich as that way he gets there vote at the next election he is not interested in the general public as if he did things would have moved a lot quicker, by god lets hope these cons don't get anyone's vote as this country will for sure be on it's knees it's not that far away now. pilot1944
  • Score: -2

9:20pm Mon 10 Feb 14

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

pilot1944 wrote:
People must realise Cameron will only help the rich as that way he gets there vote at the next election he is not interested in the general public as if he did things would have moved a lot quicker, by god lets hope these cons don't get anyone's vote as this country will for sure be on it's knees it's not that far away now.
Does make you wonder how much quicker this nasty little man (Cameron) would react if it was his house knee deep in raw sewage and floodwater.
[quote][p][bold]pilot1944[/bold] wrote: People must realise Cameron will only help the rich as that way he gets there vote at the next election he is not interested in the general public as if he did things would have moved a lot quicker, by god lets hope these cons don't get anyone's vote as this country will for sure be on it's knees it's not that far away now.[/p][/quote]Does make you wonder how much quicker this nasty little man (Cameron) would react if it was his house knee deep in raw sewage and floodwater. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
  • Score: -2

9:24pm Mon 10 Feb 14

pilot1944 says...

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe wrote:
pilot1944 wrote:
People must realise Cameron will only help the rich as that way he gets there vote at the next election he is not interested in the general public as if he did things would have moved a lot quicker, by god lets hope these cons don't get anyone's vote as this country will for sure be on it's knees it's not that far away now.
Does make you wonder how much quicker this nasty little man (Cameron) would react if it was his house knee deep in raw sewage and floodwater.
Perhaps people should go and throw a load of sewage at his place when he is there. Nasty is not the word for him nor his other Bullingdon Boy Osborne
[quote][p][bold]Sandy Wimpole-Smythe[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pilot1944[/bold] wrote: People must realise Cameron will only help the rich as that way he gets there vote at the next election he is not interested in the general public as if he did things would have moved a lot quicker, by god lets hope these cons don't get anyone's vote as this country will for sure be on it's knees it's not that far away now.[/p][/quote]Does make you wonder how much quicker this nasty little man (Cameron) would react if it was his house knee deep in raw sewage and floodwater.[/p][/quote]Perhaps people should go and throw a load of sewage at his place when he is there. Nasty is not the word for him nor his other Bullingdon Boy Osborne pilot1944
  • Score: -2

10:46pm Mon 10 Feb 14

harleyroadmum says...

Who knows what the rest of the week will bring but huge thank you to all the Fire & Rescue, City and County Council and Environment Service staff who have been out all day keeping Botley Road moving. Much appreciated.
Who knows what the rest of the week will bring but huge thank you to all the Fire & Rescue, City and County Council and Environment Service staff who have been out all day keeping Botley Road moving. Much appreciated. harleyroadmum
  • Score: 2

11:01pm Mon 10 Feb 14

kikirem says...

Two interesting webpages for those who want to track the water level in local streams -

http://www.riverleve
ls.info/bulstake-str
eam-botley-new-botle
y

http://www.environme
nt-agency.gov.uk/hom
eandleisure/floods/r
iverlevels/riverstat
ion.aspx?StationId=7
075
Two interesting webpages for those who want to track the water level in local streams - http://www.riverleve ls.info/bulstake-str eam-botley-new-botle y http://www.environme nt-agency.gov.uk/hom eandleisure/floods/r iverlevels/riverstat ion.aspx?StationId=7 075 kikirem
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