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Slurry on road

Reported in the Roads/highways category anonymously at 22:08, Fri 21 September 2018

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 2 minutes later

Once again as we approach autumn the stretch of Peep-o-day lane shared with National Cycle Route 5 and the quarry becomes permanently covered with a slurry of mud combined with fallen leaves crushed by lorries

It is incredibly slippery and also means your bike, legs and shoes become covered in brown mud.

Please use your powers under S149 of the Highways Act to get a mud free path for cyclists. The road is definitely a Highway as people have passed and repassed for centuries, indeed it was open to motor vehicles not that long ago.

Obviously the quarry needs to go about their business which in inevitably muddy, but seeing as their lorries have destroyed the road surface here anyway it would be reasonable for them to work out a provision for cyclists - perhaps a raised path at least two metres wide.

Thank you for your help.

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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 12:19, Mon 24 September 2018

  • Thank you for your enquiry. I have visited the site and assessed the problem that you have identified. Unfortunately it doesn't meet our current intervention criteria so I cannot arrange a repair. We will continue to monitor this during our routine inspections.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 12:36, Mon 24 September 2018

  • Hi,

    Many thanks for your update. Please can you let me know what your intervention criteria are?

    S149 says that anything "deposited on the highway as to constitute a nuisance" is covered, and I'm sure you can appreciate that a road constantly covered in mud is a nuisance for cyclists.

    Perhaps you could contact the quarry owner H Tuckwells and see if they can do anything to help? The road is in a poor condition and on other sections they have resurfaced it with their own compacted gravel which, as it is absorbent, would solve the problem.

    I have dealt with H Tuckwells before as a customer and they have been excellent and so I am sure as an Oxfordshire company that has been established for 175 years they have a strong community ethic and they would be concerned if they were causing inconvenience to cyclists. Even if you would not normally intervene it would be at zero cost to the council other than the price of a stamp or phone call. I hope you agree it is best for the contact you come from the council as you will have your own standards for resurfacing on a national cycle route.

    If you cannot intervene I will contact the company. Please can you give me a named contact at the council they can contact to get permission to carry out the work?

    Thank you for your assistance.

    State changed to: Open

    Posted anonymously at 23:36, Tue 25 September 2018

  • 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 14:59, Thu 27 September 2018

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 09:38, Sat 20 October 2018

  • Hi,

    Please can I have an update on progress, as it has been over three weeks. Thank you.

    Posted anonymously at 09:39, Sat 20 October 2018

  • Morning. Could you please email me with an email address or contact number so we can discuss further. The FixMyStreet platform makes communication difficult. Regards Arthur

    Posted anonymously at 11:41, Tue 23 October 2018

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