OXFORD city and Oxfordshire county councils have made formal objections to plans for the biggest ever project to stop flooding in the city.
The authorities, along with the Midcounties Co-op, have set up the Environment Agency's plan to compulsorily buy their land for the £ 150 Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme.
They are among a host of landowners along the proposed route of the 5km channel from Botley Road to Kennington to fight the Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs).
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Both councils support the flood scheme but have made 'technical' objections to the way.
Other statutory objections to the CPOs, which are to be dealt with at a public inquiry, come from Network Rail, Oxford Preservation Trust and University College.
The county council's letter of objection there were a large number of plots' which contain land and which are in a state of need. Redbridge recycling center is highlighted as one of the locations where the EA has identified country that could be required.
County spokesman Martin Crabtree said the local authority hoped the 'holding objection' could have been dealt with.
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He said: "We are working with the Environment Agency to ensure that the scheme is built in a way that minimizes congestion and ensures the safety of road users.
"The objection submitted by the county council to the Compulsory Purchase Order is a holding objection. It allows discussion so that the matters raised in the objection can be resolved. The council believes that this can not be resolved.
"The council continues to support the scheme and the benefits it wants to provide to the residents and businesses in the area."
The Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme is designed to reduce the risk of a major flood, the size of which Oxford has not experienced since 1947.
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The county council said it would make a difference in the future. "The city's economy thrives.
Mr Crabtree also said the scheme would benefit communities and wildlife by improving existing public footpaths and creating new natural habitat.
Oxford Flood Alliance member Dr Peter Rawcliffe, whose group has long supported the scheme in principle, said he hoped the statutory objections would not cause unnecessary delay.
Environment Agency spokesman Joe Giacomelli said: "We have received 18 statutory objections to the CPO.
"Our partners are fully committed to the delivery of the scheme. Oxfordshire County Council, Oxford City Council and Co-op have been given technical holding objections to the CPO.
Satisfactorily agreed between parties. Currently we are still negotiating the terms and conditions for land transfers. "
In January the Hinksey and Osney Environment Group – which opposes the Environment Agency scheme outright – put forward an alternative project which would be much cheaper, costing about £ 100m.
Construction work on the Oxford Flood Alleviation Scheme was originally due to start this year, taking three to four years to complete.
But a public inquiry – largely about compulsory purchase orders – wants to hold up the schedule after the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Earlier this year it would not be ready to start until 2020 at the earliest.
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The EA said earlier CPO letters have been sent out to 'landowners and anyone else who has landed property in a country that is impacted by the scheme on a permanent or temporary basis'. In total there are 790 different country plots involved.
The city council's objection relates to four parcels of land, including land at Redbridge park-and-ride, land east of Abingdon Road, Seacourt nature reserve and land north of Botley Road.
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City council spokesman Mish Tullar said: "Like the county, we are strongly supportive of the OFAS scheme. Reducing flood risk is essential for Oxford.
In the Landfill Sites sits. The waste is generally considered low risk
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"We have placed a technical objection to the CPO. We do not object to the sites being compulsory.
"This 'technical holding' mechanism is used by landowners until agreement and conditions for land transfer are satisfactorily agreed between both parties. The Council and the Environment Agency are prepared to accept the terms and conditions so that the objection can be withdrawn before the inquiry takes place. "
The Co-op's objection said it's land, including land around Seacourt Stream, and part of Seacourt's park-and-ride, 'what's necessary for the OFAS scheme'.