The Sustainable Flood Plan Group (SFPG) for Oxford and the upper Thames valley has raised concerns that, without a comprehensive plan to tackle climate change, Oxfordshire may be the next county to be overwhelmed by flood water.
Convenor of SFPG and Green Party Oxford City Council candidate for Carfax Dr Kate Prendergast said: "In the last year or so, we have heard politicians extoll the benefits of the proposed western conveyance channel (flood alleviation scheme) in protecting the residents of Oxford from future flooding events.
"Yet, this hugely costly scheme is unlikely to be implemented unless local landowners take on the unknown and ongoing expenses of its maintenance."
Dr Prendergast continued to say that the root causes of extreme flooding - climate change and agricultural and urban development - needed to be addressed in order to tackle the flooding.
Chartered water engineer and Green Party Councillor Holywell Dr David Thomas said: "In an environment where devastating flood events are becoming more frequent, it is still not clear what the current spending commitments for flood protection in Oxford actually are.
"We are no nearer to funding our long-term needs for flood protection in Oxford and beyond.