The following letter has been received by those lodging objections to the Compulosry Purchase Orders related to the Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme.
Following our letter in February updating you about the Compulsory Purchase Order (the CPO) for tile Oxford Flood Alleviaiton Scheme(the Scheme), I am writing to you again to provide you with a further update. An external unforeseen issue has arisen that needs to be resolved before a date for the Public Inquiry relating to the CPO can be set. I wanted to notify you as soon aspossible and let you know that there may be reports in the local press.
Oxfordshire County Council have found that the A423 Kennington Railway Bridge needs replacing, during their planned pre-Inspection for maintenance work to replace the bearings on the bridge. The proposed culverts forming part of the Scheme cannot be Installed through the road embankment until this issue has been resolved. The Environment Agency is confident It can resolve the Issue and is working with the Council to agree a solution to this.
The Environment Agency has oontacted tile Department for Environmeny. Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to request that the CPO remains lodged as made, but that the date for the Public Inquiry to consider the objections that have been raised remains unconfirmed,until the solution has been agreed. We will continue to negotiate with affected landowners during lhis time, as our aim is always to enter Into agreements with landowners directly to try to acquire voluntarily, rather than to rely on a CPO. However if the objections remain unresolved in due course, the Public Inquiry wlll go ahead and an independently appointed lnspeclor will consider lhe available evidence,
As soon as we have more information of the solution and our consrtuction programme we will contact you again to enable you to manageyour property during this period.
The Public Inquiry will be run byDEFRA and any questions In connection to It should be sent directly to: Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs, Flood Risk Management. 3rd Floor, Seacole Block, 2 Marsham Street, London, SW1P 4DF.
As set out In our letter in February, we have also submitted a planning application to Oxfordshire County Council (planning reference:MW.0028/18). This is pending determination.
From Michael Thorne for Dalcour Maclaren