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Vehicles Illegally Driving on Footpath and Green Amenity Space

Reported in the Pavements category by Huw Davies at 11:30, Thu 21 December 2017

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 5 minutes later

For the past several months, car owners have been mounting the pavement and driving along the footpath and verge and then further onto the green amenity space behind Sovereign Close/Beaufort Close, to gain access to the rear of their properties No. 25/27 etc.

As we've entered winter and the ground in now wetter, this action has begun to seriously damage the grass banks and grass area, as well as generate large amounts of mud that is being deposited on the already narrow footpath.

The path from Sandringham has poor visibility with a blind corner immediately turning left, and we have had the surprise ourselves of encountering a car driving at us while walking our dog, and then struggling to grip in the grass banking to avoid us.

This is dangerous, and should not be allowed - this is not a road and not an access point for cars and needs to be discouraged.

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  • Thank you for your report, we are now investigating this issue and an update will be posted as soon as possible.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 15:49, Tue 9 January 2018

  • The offence of driving over the footway is a moving traffic offence which are enforced by Thames Valley Police. Oxfordshire County Council could install a post in the footway by we do not own the adjacent grassed area, we are therefore currently liaising with SODC to discuss both authorities working together to alleviate this issue.

    Posted anonymously at 11:12, Mon 15 January 2018

  • The installation of a bollard has been added to the list of works within the Didcot locality and will be ordered in the near future.

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 15:02, Tue 31 July 2018

  • Just to confirm this issue has not been fixed and vehicles have been driving illegally along the footpath to gain access to the rear of the properties.

    State changed to: Open

    Posted by Huw Davies at 21:28, Wed 26 December 2018

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