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Erosion of grass triangle caused by vehicles driving over area.

Reported in the Grass and Hedges category anonymously at 16:27, Sat 16 March 2019

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 3 minutes later

This is a triangulation of grass situated on entering the village. It has gradually become eroded away and we will eventually lose it altogether unless it is repaired and protected. It is integral to the look of the conservation area of Wigginton.

Council ref: ENQ19829259

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  • Thank you for your enquiry. This issue has been passed onto the relevant team for investigation.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 16:30, Sat 16 March 2019

  • Thank you for your report. Unfortunately, verge overrun is a common problem county wide in which we don not have the powers to control. We could install wooden posts in this location, but this would be at a cost to yourself and would have to have approval from the parish, who may wish to contribute to this. If this is something that you wish to consider, please reopen a new report and i can meet with you on site to to discuss this and look at organising a quote for you.

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 12:05, Mon 18 March 2019

  • Thank you for your response. I am interested in meeting you and getting a quote for repair / protection. I will in the meantime contact the parish council to see if they are able to contribute to costs.

    State changed to: Open

    Posted anonymously at 20:08, Mon 18 March 2019

  • Dear Sirs

    I am writing to request that you put in place measures to reinstate the highway boundary around the Wigginton triangle, which has been significantly eroded in recent years due to the highway being inadequately maintained and controlled. The triangle is located near to The White Swan public house on an access road into the village of Wigginton from the main Wigginton Heath to Swerford Heath road (location map attached).

    The triangle is an important traffic calming measure, forcing vehicles to reduce their speed as they enter the narrow streets through the village. Over a number of years, the triangle has been eroded by vehicles to the extent that its current footprint is substantially reduced (images attached). Vehicles are consequently able to sweep from the main road into the village without reducing their speed, and it is only a matter of time before there is a serious accident as a result.

    In our opinion, the poor state of the highway and inadequate signage are key contributors to the erosion of the triangle. It is evident from tyre tracks across the triangle that large vehicles are cutting up the verge and causing the triangle to disappear. If left unchecked the triangle will be lost entirely, which will not only be unsightly, but will also see the removal of a key traffic calming feature. Furthermore, during poor weather conditions, mud is dragged from the triangle onto the main road causing a skid hazard to vehicles using the main road.

    The roads through Wigginton are not suitable for large vehicles. This has been an issue for a number of years, but only temporary signage (arranged by residents) is in place. This is not only unsightly, but also does not act as an appropriate deterrent to stop unsuitable vehicles (such as HGVs) entering the village.

    With this in mind, we would request that the highway boundary is re-established in its original location such that the triangle can be reinstated with its original footprint and form. Whilst we acknowledge that you have previously suggested that the Parish Council should consider placing wooden posts on the triangle, we do not believe this will provide a lasting solution to the problem as posts have proved ineffective elsewhere in the village and will not prevent mud from being washed onto the highway.

    We therefore believe that kerbstones are needed to form a permanent highway boundary and to reduce the likelihood of vehicles leaving the highway and cutting across the triangle. Whilst we acknowledge that kerbstones can also be driven over by modern vehicles, we believe that this would be the most effective way of encouraging vehicles to remain on the highway and to prevent mud from washing onto the main road.

    In addition, we request that permanent signage is installed on the main road to deter large vehicles and HGVs from driving through the village.

    Thanking you in anticipation of a prompt response.

    Yours faithfully

    Wigginton Parish Council

    Encs: location map, images of Wigginton triangle erosion and highway creep Cc: Oxfordshire County Council Highways

    Posted anonymously at 09:38, Thu 30 May 2019

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