Press release: Oxford flood scheme moves a step closer

first_img This is a huge scheme – one of the biggest the Environment Agency is working on – and when complete it will not only reduce flood risk to homes across Oxford but it will also protect vital infrastructure, enabling the city to keep moving during flooding. It will also benefit communities and wildlife in a number of ways, including improving existing public footpaths and creating new habitat for wildlife and improving biodiversity. Today’s fantastic news shows that working in partnership can help us get the best scheme for Oxford. We are very pleased that our partners have recognised the multiple benefits it will bring and helped us secure the funding required to progress the scheme to the next stage. The scheme will benefit everyone who lives, works in or visits Oxford. As well as reduced property flooding, the railway and Botley and Abingdon roads will be protected keeping the city open for business during future flooding. There will also be fewer flood related electricity, telephone and internet disruptions. The scheme will allow Oxford’s successful economy to continue to thrive and also provide environmental benefits and a longterm green legacy.County Councillor Yvonne Constance said: The flood relief channel has been a hope for many people for a long time. Now we are at the stage where it has the funding it needs to be made into a reality there will be thousands of homes and businesses protected from the devastating effects of flooding. Clearly there is still much work to do, but this funding announcement means we can continue to work in partnership to move forward to the next stage. The Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme will bring huge benefits to householders in West and South Oxford, and to all parts of the business community. I am delighted that we have been successful in our application for this final tranche of funding. Councillor Susan Brown, Leader of Oxford City Council, said: The £120m Oxford flood alleviation scheme, which will reduce flood risk to homes, businesses, and transport in Oxford and the surrounding area, has moved a step closer.The Oxford flood alleviation scheme partnership has just announced that it has secured the funding for the scheme, which will include at least 15 hectares of new habitat creation, 7 new bridges and 2.6 kilometres of new flood defences.More than £65m in funding has already been committed by Government. A record amount of partnership funding totalling over £55m has now been given by a wide range of partners. Investment has been secured from Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Thames Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, Oxfordshire County Council, Oxford City Council, Thames Water Utilities and the University of Oxford.Joanna Larmour, Project Director at the Environment Agency, said: HM Treasury approved the outline business case for the scheme in November 2017. This detailed that full funding for the scheme had to be committed before it could move to the next stage. This has now been confirmed, thanks to increases in contributions from the scheme partners.The total amount covers the design and construction costs to deliver the scheme. The project team will now work on the Full Business Case, which will be submitted to HM Treasury later this year. Partners will continue to work together on ongoing negotiations with external companies for future investment in the scheme.The Environment Agency will submit the planning application for the Oxford flood alleviation scheme in March. It will take approximately 3 years to build the scheme, which is designed to work with the natural floodplain west of Oxford.The route of the Oxford flood schemeFlood risk in Oxford before and after the Oxford flood alleviation schemelast_img read more

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Belarus says hundreds arrested as opposition figure ‘kidnapped’

first_imgEU sanctions ‘very soon’ He said the EU hoped to impose sanctions “very soon” after drawing up a list of individuals responsible for police violence against protesters and rigged elections.The disputed election has sparked demonstrations that have seen tens of thousands take the streets of the ex-Soviet country of 9.5 million on Russia’s western borders, in an unprecedented challenge to Lukashenko’s 26 years in power.An AFP journalist said the crowd of demonstrators waving the opposition’s red-and-white flag on Sunday appeared to be as large or larger than on the previous three Sundays, when more than 100,000 people rallied in the streets of Minsk.But police also appeared to be stepping up a campaign to quash the demonstrations, deploying troops, water cannon and armored vehicles.Local media reported hooded men in civilian clothes with batons chased and beat demonstrators.Interior Ministry spokeswoman Olga Chemodanova said that 633 people had been detained on Sunday for illegal mass gatherings, one of the largest wave of arrests since the early days of the demonstrations.Kolesnikova’s office said witnesses described her being snatched off the street in the capital Minsk on Monday morning by unidentified men in black who bundled her into a minibus marked “Communications”.”More than 8 hours have passed and we still don’t know where Maria is and what is happening to her,” said lawyer Maxim Znak, a member of the Coordination Council, in a video blog on Monday evening. Belarus said on Monday that police had detained more than 600 people at weekend protests and the opposition said a senior figure had been snatched off the streets, as authorities intensified efforts to end weeks of demonstrations.The opposition’s Coordination Council said one of its high-profile members Maria Kolesnikova had been “kidnapped by unknown people in central Minsk” along with a spokesman and executive secretary.”Their whereabouts are unknown,” it said, accusing President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime of “openly using methods of terror”. A spokesman for the European Commission, Peter Stano, said the EU’s executive branch was trying to establish what happened and condemned the Belarusian authorities’ actions as “unacceptable”. Trio of women campaigners The Coordination Council said its press secretary Anton Rodnenkov and executive secretary Ivan Kravtsov had also disappeared, while police said they had no information on detentions.Znak said Kravtsov and Rodnenkov went missing after heading to Kolesnikova’s flat in search of her. He added that Kravtsov’s flat had been searched by a state agency that probes financial violations.Belarusian authorities had already detained several members of the Coordination Council and others have left the country under official pressure. One, Olga Kovalkova, said on Saturday she was in Poland after security services threatened her and took her to the border.Kolesnikova and other members including Nobel Literature Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich have faced questioning in a probe over an alleged bid to seize power.Kolesnikova, 38, is the only one of the trio of women who fronted Tikhanovskaya’s campaign to remain in Belarus.Tikhanovskaya has taken shelter in neighboring Lithuania and her other campaign partner, Veronika Tsepkalo, is now in Ukraine.Kolesnikova, a trained flautist and music teacher, entered politics to run the campaign of another opposition politician, ex-banker Viktor Babaryko, who attempted to stand for president against Lukashenko but was jailed and barred from running. center_img Topics : Lukashenko’s main rival Svetlana Tikhanovskaya said the abductions were an attempt to disrupt the work of the Coordination Council. It was set up to ensure a peaceful transfer of power after opposition candidate Tikhanovskaya rejected Lukashenko’s claim to have won an August 9 presidential election with 80 percent of the vote.”The more they try to scare us, the more people will take to the streets,” Tikhanovskaya said in a statement.The Coordination Council demanded the detainees’ immediate release and the free return of other activists who have left the country under official pressure.last_img read more

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Wydad Casablanca appoint Sebastien Desabre new head coach

first_img The Moroccan champions, Wydad Casablanca, have appointed Frenchman Sebastien Desabre as the club’s new head coach on a two-and-a-half-year contract. The former Uganda national coach replaces Serbian Zoran Manojlovic who parted company with Wydad by mutual consent earlier this month. Desabre, who has been seen in the stands at Wydad’s Mohammed V Stadium at recent matches, returned to Morocco on Thursday after receiving an offer from Wydad president, Said Naciri. BBC Sport understands Desabre will be officially introduced to the media on Tuesday after Monday’s league game against Olympic Safi.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentTop 10 Female Stars Everyone Had A Crush On In The 90s7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year French coach, Sebastien Desabre, most recently managed Pyramids FC in Egypt and the Uganda national team. It is the second time the Frenchman will take charge of Wydad having first coached the club in 2016-2017, when he oversaw 16 games, achieving 9 wins, 6 draws, and one loss. 43-year-old Desabre comes into the Wydad post having left Egyptian club Pyramids FC in December because of a poor run of results. Before that, he had been head coach of Uganda’s national team – a job he left after the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations. Read Also:Confederation Cup: Raja Casablanca Beat Eyimba 1-0 Wydad’s supporters and administration will expect the new manager to lead a title defence in the Moroccan league and also to win the African Champions League after their elimination from the Arab Cup Championship against their rivals Raja Casablanca. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Sharapova admits drug test fail

first_imgSharapova says she’s not been informed about any punishment – and hopes she’ll be able to play again.The Russian has won five grand slam titles – including Wimbledon 12 years ago. The five-time Grand Slam winner has revealed that she he failed a test for a substance known as “Meldonium” at this year’s Australian Open.The 28-year-old says that she had first been prescribed the drug for health reasons in 2006 – but she accepts responsibility for not realising that the substance was added to the WADA banned list at the start of this year…The former tennis world number one says it’s because a rule change at the start of January banned a substance she’s been taking in medicine since 2006.last_img read more

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