COMMENT: Think outside the box to beat floods

thisisoxfordshire: Tom Ballance Tom Ballance

TOM BALLANCE has come up with a unique and intriguing plan of using the A34 as a way to control flood water.

Some may write it off without considering it. But we hope the Environment Agency (and the Government bean counters) looks at all options thoroughly because this city needs a solution to flooding.

Doing nothing is not an option.

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11:01am Tue 21 Jan 14

Oxonian says...

How does this "control" flood water?
How does this "control" flood water? Oxonian
  • Score: -81

12:39pm Tue 21 Jan 14

roj2011 says...

Isn't damned anyway?
Isn't damned anyway? roj2011
  • Score: -25

12:47pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Gunslinger says...

The basis point about thinking in boxes ia a very valid one. Major public services in this country are increasingly managed by nationally-based organisations within separate funding and different levels of control and accountabilty. The Highways Agency is only concerned about Highways, and in the case of the A34, getting traffic between the Midlands and the South Coast ports, the Environment Agency with its narrow remit and limited funding, Network Rail likewise.
There is no way all the infrastructure needs and priorities are brought together and planned at a local or regional level in a properly accountable way, as they might be in some other countries.
However, having said all that, the water has to go somewhere and some of the solutions suggested simply transfer the problem somewhere else; if the A34 is used as a dam, what would be the impact upstream?
The basis point about thinking in boxes ia a very valid one. Major public services in this country are increasingly managed by nationally-based organisations within separate funding and different levels of control and accountabilty. The Highways Agency is only concerned about Highways, and in the case of the A34, getting traffic between the Midlands and the South Coast ports, the Environment Agency with its narrow remit and limited funding, Network Rail likewise. There is no way all the infrastructure needs and priorities are brought together and planned at a local or regional level in a properly accountable way, as they might be in some other countries. However, having said all that, the water has to go somewhere and some of the solutions suggested simply transfer the problem somewhere else; if the A34 is used as a dam, what would be the impact upstream? Gunslinger
  • Score: -84

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