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Waterways Day 2023

Thank you to all who attended Waterways Day 2023. The event was organised to give local residents the opportunity to speak with the agencies involved in waterways management and to allow residents to voice their concerns and ask questions.

The event consisted of talks from key organisations involved with managing waterways, held in four sessions, along with a drop-in area with stands where people could ask those organisations questions.

Where and when

Waterways Day 2023 was held at the Corn Exchange, Witney Market Square, OX28 6AB, on Thursday 23 November 2023.

Talks and discussion sessions

Throughout the day, there were talks covering four key themes: water pollution; clean water supply; flood mitigation and natural flood management; and nature recovery schemes. The talks were followed by a Q&A session, to give residents an opportunity to ask questions and discuss the issues that matter to them.


Presentations from the day can be downloaded below:

The programme for the day was as follows:


Speaker / Organisation



Cllr Lidia Arciszewska, West Oxfordshire District Council

10:00 to 10:10

Issues With Sewage Pollution

Chair: Cllr Maynard

10:10 to 12:10


Richard Aylard, Thames Water



Ashley Smith & Vaughan Lewis, Windrush Against Sewage Pollution (WASP)



Soraya Wooller, Earthwatch Europe



Dominic Slade, Environment Agency




12:10 to 12:30

Water Supply, River and Ground Water Abstraction

Chair: Cllr Maynard

12:30 to 13:30


Peter Blair, Thames Water



Joe Cuthbertson, Environment Agency




13:30 to 14:30

Afternoon Introduction

Cllr Lidia Arciszewska

14:30 to 14:40

Flood Management

Chair: Cllr Lidia Arciszewska

14:40 to 15:40


William Wareing, Witney Flood Mitigation Group



Cathy Smith, Shill Brook Catchment Partnership



Joe Cuthbertson, Environment Agency


Afternoon Break


15:40 to 16:00

Natural Flood Management Schemes and Nature Recovery

Chair: Cllr Lidia Arciszewska

16:00 to 17:30


Ann Berkeley, Evenlode Catchment Partnership/ Wild Oxfordshire



Tim Field, North East Cotswolds Farmers Cluster (NECFC)



Catriona Bass, Nature Recovery Network



Kelly Whitton, Blenheim Estates


Summary and Goodbye

Cllr Lidia Arciszewska

17:30 to 17:40

Event End




There was a room in the Corn Exchange where attending organisations hosted stands so that residents could ask any questions.