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South East MEP to speak at ‘saving the Oxfordshire flood plains’ public meeting

Lyndsey Wilder | 24.03.2016 17:51 | Ecology | Oxford

Keith Taylor, Green Party MEP for the South East, is set to speak to local residents and campaigners fighting to save the Oxfordshire flood plains at a public meeting on Wednesday 30th of March.

Keith Taylor, Green Party MEP for the South East, is set to speak to local residents and campaigners fighting to save the Oxfordshire flood plains at a public meeting on Wednesday 30th of March.

Location: Wesley Memorial Church Hall, New Inn Street, Oxford, OX1 2DH
Time: 18:45 (Meeting to start 19:00)

The public meeting, hosted by the Sustainable Flood Plan Group for Oxford, will bring together climate change and flooding experts, to discuss how the flood plains in Oxfordshire could be saved for the purpose of future flood water management.

Speakers include:

• Keith Taylor, Green Party MEP for the South East
• Oliver Tickell, Editor, the Ecologist
• Judy Chipchase, former Chief Planning Officer, Oxford City Council
• Professor Richard Harding, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

Keith Taylor, who sits on the European Parliament’s Environment committee, said:

“I am pleased to have the opportunity to speak with local residents and campaigners, many of who were directly affected by the devastating floods which struck my constituency in 2014. With the recent flooding across the UK, it is essential that meetings like this take place so that people can come together and discuss the ways in which we might reduce the risk of flooding in the future.

It’s clear, despite tokenistic promises in the Chancellor’s latest shambolic and climate-wrecking budget, that the Government’s response to flooding has been far from good enough and it is vital we learn lessons for the future. It also seems likely that the kind of weather events that bring widespread flooding will become more frequent because of climate change.

This meeting will bring together experts and campaigners and I would urge local residents, and local politicians, of any political persuasion, to come along and see how we can all work together to protect people from these floods in the future.”

Dr. Kate Prendergast, from the Sustainable Flood Plan Group, added:

“As global warming makes extreme flooding events more likely, it is vital we get the right long-term solution in place for Oxford. Experts believe there are a range of options available to help us do this, and these ideas will be being discussed at this meeting.”

Lyndsey Wilder

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