The Environment Agency has advised that ground investigation work will be taking place in Kendall Copse starting 10 August 2020.
Update received from Project Director:
“As part of the Environment Agency’s ongoing work for the Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme, we need to carry out site investigations at Kendall Copse. The work being conducted is a geo-technical and geo-environmental investigation of Kendall Copse. We will be digging trial pits and drilling boreholes to understand the ground conditions beneath the site in order to finalise our design for the flood alleviation scheme in this area.
When we construct the scheme we intend to use a temporary carriageway diversion northwest of Kendall Copse to keep the road open during construction. We will also be collecting data for the design of this.
We have emailed the Friends of Kendall Copse to inform them of the works.
Access to Kendall Copse will generally remain open, however some areas will be closed to the public while the work takes place. It may be necessary to close larger areas of the site at some points during the investigations.
I would also inform you that the Environment Agency will be holding a flood incident exercise together with our partners in Oxford in August. The exercise will involve testing the robust flood defence plans we have in place for Oxford. No activity will occur in Kennington, however, please be aware that the exercise will involve testing the deployment of the temporary flood barriers in South Hinksey and Bullstake Close off Botley Road. In addition we will be testing the pumps off Bullstake Close.
Due to COVID-19 we cannot invite the public to the exercise and we would urge that they do not try to attend.”