West Oxfordshire has a water problem. Whether it is flooding when it rains or sewage being released into our rivers, the system isn’t working.
We have seen raw sewage pouring into the Evenlode, Windrush and Thames whenever there is heavy rain. Thames Water have failed to invest in the pipes and pumps and plant that are required. The Tory government have allowed them to get away with putting profit before the environment and failed to properly support the Environment Agency.
We need to address the climate crisis, which is already leading to more extreme weather patterns including extra rain. We also need to stop the continual building on flood plains that has made the situation so desperate. The problem has been made worse by the Tory County Council reducing the clearing of each gully to only once every 4 years, so they get blocked and lead to more flooding. The Liberal Democrats are demanding a review of this decision.
Whether you live in towns and villages like Witney, Eynsham, Standlake or Finstock, or care about the state of our rivers, you are affected by the Tory inaction that has led to this crisis. The Tories talk about the problem but have done nothing to address it.
It’s time for action not just words
We, the undersigned, call on West Oxfordshire District Council to stop building houses where it makes flooding worse and to demand that the Government makes it illegal to pump untreated sewage into rivers.