EU may help to fund flood work

Catherine Bearder

Catherine Bearder

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EUROPEAN Union funding could be available for flood defences such as the proposed £125m flood relief channel plan for Oxford.

Oxford-based MEP Catherine Bearder is urging Oxfordshire to seek EU funds.

It comes after it was revealed there is a £75m shortfall for the £125m Western Conveyance scheme for a flood channel running west of the city.

The EU has regional development funding set aside for 2014 to 2020 to mitigate the impact of climate change.

The Liberal Democrat has contacted Oxfordshire County Council and district councils to offer advice on how they can work together to get cash.

She said: “I want to work with councils at county and district levels, along with the Local Enterprise Partnership, to ensure they get the funding they need.

“The floods have been horrendous and have devastated so many across Oxfordshire over the festive and New Year season.

“I am now offering my support to work with the councils to obtain these much-needed funds.

“I was so pleased to see measures for mitigating the effects of climate change included in the new round of regional development funding.”

She was unable to say how much EU funding might be available, but Mrs Bearder said: “This will mean Oxfordshire has a real chance of getting the funding it so badly needs.

“I hope these councils will now work with me to obtain this funding, which offers the real potential to keep Oxfordshire drier and safer.”

The channel would run from Seacourt Stream, Botley, to Sandford Lock south of Oxford.

The Environment Agency has set aside about £38m, with another £12m from the Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, which brings together councils from across the region.

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County council deputy leader Rodney Rose said: “I will take money from anywhere if it will protect Oxfordshire from flooding, and funding could help to pay for the Western Conveyance.

“We are happy to talk to Catherine Bearder and other MEPs about this.”

Oxford Flood Alliance spokesman Peter Rawcliffe said: “It’s a good idea to explore if money could come from the European Union because £75m for the flood channel is a large amount to find.

“Council leaders should certainly work with MEPs to see what money is available.”

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2:08pm Thu 27 Mar 14

mytaxes says...

Quite amusing that we never hear from our MEPs until there is an election due and they want our votes.
Quite amusing that we never hear from our MEPs until there is an election due and they want our votes. mytaxes
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3:17pm Thu 27 Mar 14

the wizard says...

mytaxes wrote:
Quite amusing that we never hear from our MEPs until there is an election due and they want our votes.
The same I must admit can be said for all our elected officers. However the Witney Councillors will have some convincing to do toward their electorate, given all their behind closed door secret meetings. Just what do they have to hide. Funny how the EU can help, when so many want out of the EU, but are prepared to take the money. Bigots and hypocrites.
[quote][p][bold]mytaxes[/bold] wrote: Quite amusing that we never hear from our MEPs until there is an election due and they want our votes.[/p][/quote]The same I must admit can be said for all our elected officers. However the Witney Councillors will have some convincing to do toward their electorate, given all their behind closed door secret meetings. Just what do they have to hide. Funny how the EU can help, when so many want out of the EU, but are prepared to take the money. Bigots and hypocrites. the wizard
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2:59am Fri 28 Mar 14

Myron Blatz says...

Could be the swansong for Bearder this May, when several people in Oxfordshire will probably vote in the Euro Elections for their next MEP. The LibDems haven't really set Europe alight, so maybe the Labour candidates might have a chance! One of the Labour hopefulls is actually lives in Rose Hill, and is married to City Councillor Ed Turner, so I suppose she is Mrs Turner - but think she is standing under her maiden name, or something. Anyway, good luck I say - we'll then have an MEP from Rose Hill joining the MP for Oxford East who lives on another council estate - in Blackbird Leys!
Could be the swansong for Bearder this May, when several people in Oxfordshire will probably vote in the Euro Elections for their next MEP. The LibDems haven't really set Europe alight, so maybe the Labour candidates might have a chance! One of the Labour hopefulls is actually lives in Rose Hill, and is married to City Councillor Ed Turner, so I suppose she is Mrs Turner - but think she is standing under her maiden name, or something. Anyway, good luck I say - we'll then have an MEP from Rose Hill joining the MP for Oxford East who lives on another council estate - in Blackbird Leys! Myron Blatz
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8:06am Fri 28 Mar 14

mytaxes says...

Doesn't Andrew Smith live in his London house most of the time?
Doesn't Andrew Smith live in his London house most of the time? mytaxes
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