March Mirrors

Mirrors
This mirror was on display in Caldecott Road, Abingdon almost a year ago when the UK first went into lockdown because of Covid-19. The mirror has the rainbow of hope, NHS (national Health Service), and the phrase ‘This too shall pass’.

For other photos on the same theme of Mirrors for the month of March from the City Daily Photo Blog Community, click here.

Golden Evening Walk by the River Thames in Abingdon

Evening Walk
This goose has settled down but with its 360 degrees vision is not going to be taken by surprise. I read on one blog that geese can see more colours than us. They have finer sensitivity to green to discriminate the tenderest green grass to nibble.
Evening Walk
As the sun went down the stones of Abingdon Bridge took on a golden / honey colour.
Evening Walk
Reflected in the water it was like liquid gold.
Evening Walk
I walked on the other side of the River Thames with views back to St Helen’s Church, and saw a bunch of blue flowers growing all alone, near the trees. They could be Chinodoxia.
Evening Walk
The sun set at about 5:45.

There was a little frost this morning at sunrise, but the sky was clear of cloud all day and so lots of people were out walking and enjoying the sunshine. It felt congested in places – with people and not cars.

Daffodils are back in flower

Daffodils
Although Trinity Church is currently closed for worship I did look in to get some pictures of the daffodils for the slideshow on the church website.

Daffodils are to be seen in many other places in Abingdon. They are a sign that Spring is on the way.
Daffodils
Here are daffodils near Abingdon Lock.
Daffodils
Here are some by the River Ock.
Daffodils
Fabulous Flowers have had a colourful display since January as they are making deliveries and offering click and collect.

Mothers Day will be on 14th March.

Abingdon Flooding raised in Parliament

Thankyou to Daniel for some more drone flood pictures from January. Two are of the River Ock, showing the water getting close to the houses on the Ladygrove Estate and Tesco. The other is of the River Thames.
Abingdon Flooding
In parliament yesterday (24th Feb 2021), Layla Moran, the MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, got the opportunity to debate with a Minister of the Environment the issue of flooding in Oxford and Abingdon. This was done as an adjournment debate.

Layla pointed out that Oxford West and Abingdon has historically flooded, and in most recent times devastatingly so in 2007 and again, notably, in 2014. Layla said she raised this question again because she felt little progress had been made since an earlier debate with a previous minister. She mentioned delays in the Oxford flood alleviation scheme which could be delayed by up to five years because of bridge works that need to be completed in Kennington.
Abingdon Flooding
Regarding Abingdon, she said her constituents worried about a repeat of 2007. She said the scheme for a flood storage area upstream of Abingdon on the River Ock had been investigated but for crude cost reasons was not deemed viable. She said residents went from having a scheme to suddenly not having one at all. She said ‘We are not spending enough on communities like Abingdon. If the Minister stands by the calculations, will she at the very least ask the Environment Agency to help draw up new plans for what can be done in Abingdon that it can afford?’

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Rebecca Pow, started by saying what the government are doing nationally about flooding – spending more in the new 2021 to 2027 investment programme.

She said she was mindful of the challenges that the town of Abingdon has faced, and faces, and particularly the flooding experience of 2007, when more than 400 homes were flooded by the River Ock. Over recent years, the Environment Agency has taken action to reduce flooding in Abingdon, including increased levels of river maintenance, the provision of a flood wall along St Helen’s Mill, and a robust deployment plan for temporary defences, should they be needed.
Abingdon Flooding
In 2018, the Environment Agency investigated the development of a flood storage area upstream of Abingdon on the River Ock. The investigations found that while a flood storage area was technically feasible, the benefits would not be much greater than those delivered by the Environment Agency’s routine river maintenance. It did not represent value for money to the taxpayer.

She said the Environment Agency is reviewing further suggestions from a local community flood group, called the Ock Valley Flood Group. It is looking at whether there is scope for a temporary flood barrier alignment to be made into a permanent defence, and the agency is gathering evidence on whether this would be technically and economically viable.

The Environment Agency have also been investigating whether natural flood management options would be effective in reducing flood risk in Abingdon.

The full debate is at https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2021-02-24/debates/58D02CC8-5626-4FE3-902A-CD4B44920CFD/OxfordWestAndAbingdonFlooding