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The footpath that leads from Princes Ride to Recreation Road is extremely poorly lit. This is a well used path for children and adults and many avoid it because of the poor lighting. There is a light out and consideration should be given to additional lighting

Reported in the Street lighting category by Rachel Faulkner at 15:54, Mon 2 October 2017

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 1 minute later

Poor lighting Also the surface is is a poor state.

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  • Thank you for your report, please can you, using the attached map, advise the street lights you are referring to. Unfortunately Oxfordshire County Council does not have any funds available at this time to install additional lighting as our street lighting budget is used for the energy, cost and maintenance of our existing street lights.

    However if the Parish Council were prepared to fund the initial installation /servicing costs and pay a commuted sum (this is an upfront sum to cover future maintenance costs) we would be prepared to take on future energy and maintenance costs for that lighting as long as it is installed on the public highway and to our specification.

    In rural areas new lighting will only be provided in consultation with the local councils. A test will be whether it is necessary (for road safety or security reasons), affordable and sustainable

    It may also be worth contacting Thames Valley Police to see if they would be prepared to fund the initial installation and servicing costs if this area is known as an accident ‘hotspot’ or if it is an anti-social behaviour area.

    Please accept our apologies that we cannot assist any further at this time.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 16:10, Mon 2 October 2017

  • Thank you for your response. However, as I mentioned in my previous emails one of the lights is not working and fixing this would go someway to solving the problem. The light is numbered 6314936. By the look of the inspection plate it hasn't been looked at since 2015.

    Posted by Rachel Faulkner at 10:10, Tue 3 October 2017

  • Both of these street lights are not working. Please could you fix them ASAP as this path is extremely dark and dangerous at night.

    Posted anonymously at 12:13, Sun 22 October 2017

  • Due to the location of the lights specialist equipment is required to attend and repair. This is now in hand and all outstanding footpath works are being attended to as soon as possible.

    State changed to: Action scheduled

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 08:29, Mon 23 October 2017

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 16:32, Thu 2 November 2017

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 11:10, Fri 1 December 2017

  • I am really disappointed that this has gone on for so long.

    Posted by Rachel Faulkner at 11:10, Fri 1 December 2017

  • Ref: 336896

    Posted anonymously at 09:50, Tue 13 March 2018

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