Every time I cross the Seacourt Stream on my way to the city along Botley Road I am amazed by the extent of vegetation growing in this channel.

The contrast with the situation in the Bullstake Stream (next to the Waitrose supermarket), which is essentially free of growth out from the banks and in the main channel is very noticeable.

Could it be that £100m or more could be saved from the proposed flood control measures by spending a fraction of this sum on keeping the Seacourt Stream, and possibily other water courses, free of blockages by removing unwanted vegetation on a regular basis, perhaps twice a year?

This might allow better use to be made of the adjacent extension to the Seacourt park and ride, by reducing the local flooding from the river. It seems to have been continually under water since Christmas.

Dr Andrew Pritchard

North Hinksey

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