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Dangerous obstruction

Reported anonymously at 20:07, Sun 5 August 2018

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council and Vale of White Horse District Council 11 hours, 58 minutes later

Photos above are copied from old report and do not show tape that has been add nor the dead vegetation. Further to an earlier report that has been closed:- problem has not been fixed. All that has been done is very flimsy black and yellow tape has been placed on top of pipes, as you can see pipe has been cut off with(?) an angle grinder and edges have been left razor sharp. the black tape is thin and will not support the weight of a child it steps on pipe, if tape gives way the child's foot and much of its leg will suddenly be forced by child's whole weight down this narrow hole, picture maybe a bacon slicer or guillotine and you get the idea of damage it could make. Also tape is black and yellow and is almost invisible to a cyclist travelling at speed until last moment as black tape is blending into the black tarmac and pipe has yellow dead grass/weeds around it so the yellow part of tape also blends in, will only get more invisible as tape ages/fades and dirt/grime also builds up. Tape also makes matters worse as at least before you could see the razor sharp edges now if anybody is curious about what is under tape they will slash their fingers open.

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  • Many thanks. This section of Sustrans Route 5 is not recorded as public highway and therefore OCC are unable to assist. I will pass this second report across to Sustrans who have responsibility for this route.

    Posted anonymously at 08:00, Mon 6 August 2018

  • Category changed from ‘Countryside Paths / Public Rights of Way (usually not tarmac)’ to ‘Other’

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 08:03, Mon 6 August 2018

  • This path was rerouted slightly west if its original location when the landfill site was built but has been in use for many decades and thus is a highway and your responsibility.

    Even if not the path would qualify as a S31 highway because it has been enjoyed as a right of way for over 20 years.

    Please update ASAP when you will be fixing this issue before someone comes off their bike and seriously injures themselves.

    Posted anonymously at 23:16, Wed 29 August 2018

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