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Footpath leading west from Cow Lane Bridge on Ladygrove side

Reported in the Street lighting category anonymously at 11:41, Fri 12 October 2018

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 4 minutes later

Only first three street lamps worked on this path. All remaining footpath/cycle way lighting up to and beyond turning to Willowbrook Leisure Centre was off at 06:00 on 12 oct 18

Thank you for contacting Oxfordshire County Council Street lighting, unfortunately we are currently only available to respond to emergency situations which may have an impact on the health and safety of members of the public, these will be dealt with within a 24 hour period.
Reported faults will continue to be registered on our management system and these will be tackled in coming months.

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  • Can you please confirm if all these units are still not working?

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 12:00, Fri 12 October 2018

  • It is daylight so they would be off anyway. I cycle several times a week along this path in the dark. If they are still off the next time I go, I'll let you know.

    Posted anonymously at 16:18, Fri 12 October 2018

  • 15oct18 06.15: Further to my advice about street light failure on this footpath; ALL street lights on this footpath leading west from Cow Lane Bridge (beside the railway embankment) are now not working. There are working street lights on the side path to Willowbrook and Didcot Footbal Club. This means that neither cyclist nor pedestrians can see the very poor surfaces of this path, but cyclists are further at risk from the low hanging foliage of untrimmed trees and shrubs beside the path. Something needs to be done before an accident or other mishap occurs

    Posted anonymously at 10:37, Mon 15 October 2018

  • When our street lighting contractor (Amey Street Lighting) attended the site it was confirmed that it was a fault with the electricity supply to that lights rather than within the lights themselves, this fault has been reported to the Local District Network Operator (LDNO) by ourselves.

    In much the same way as a typical household, Oxfordshire County Council is responsible only for the street light, but not for the electrical infrastructure outside of its own asset, the cabling serving street lights is provided and maintained by the LDNO, which for this region is Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN). These are outside of the local authority control and subject to a separate regulatory framework overseen by ofgem.

    Any power failure due to cable/supply fault is outside the control of Oxfordshire County Council and must be dealt with by the local electricity supply company and Oxfordshire County Council’s contractor is not permitted in any way to interfere with or try to repair electricity supply faults, as they would be in breach of the statutory safety regulations if they tried to do so.

    Once the electricity supply company advises Oxfordshire County Council the fault is rectified we will confirm this within our regular inspection programme to ensure that the light as a whole is in working order.

    State changed to: not the council's responsibility

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 11:11, Mon 15 October 2018

  • 19oct18. Still no lights along this path

    State changed to: Open

    Posted anonymously at 11:40, Fri 19 October 2018

  • Thank you for your report, this is now with Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) to repair, unfortunately we do not have any input on their workload or how they plan/attend jobs. We are aware this is a large section of units to be out and have advised SSE accordingly

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 12:28, Fri 19 October 2018

  • So which organisation can be taken to court for negligence when someone has an accident because lighting isn't working? 22oct18

    Posted anonymously at 20:34, Mon 22 October 2018

  • This would be Scottish and Southern Energy as they own/maintain the cables that supply the street lights. They are aware of the situation and the amount of lights that are out on this section. We are monitoring and chasing for these to be repaired ASAP

    State changed to: not the council's responsibility

    Posted anonymously at 07:32, Tue 23 October 2018

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