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Pavement is Dangerous

Reported in the Pavements category anonymously at 18:12, Friday 17 May 2019

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 3 minutes later

The pavement in what is known as the lower narrows, outside the ferryboat Inn and local houses has no raised kerb. In the past 10 days a member of the public was struck by a car that had mounted the pavement to squeeze past another car rather than wait its turn to go. The narrows only allows for 1 car safely yet cars often squeeze past as there is no Ker on the pavement which is at the same level as the road. There have been countless incidents previously that have probably not been recorded correctly where a pedestrian has been struck by a car in this manner.

Whilst this is a narrow stretch of road, a clearly defined footpath is there but is clearly unsafe if vehicles are able to also use it. In addition, whilst there is a clearly defined sign suggesting cars wait, there is nothing preventing cars squeezing past each other no a safe system of flow in place. As such, the council could be held liable for any accidents and would suggest that something is urgently done to address this situation before somebody is seriously hurt.

Council ref: ENQ19833424

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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 18:15, Friday 17 May 2019

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 20:20, Friday 14 June 2019

  • Thank you for your report and apologies for the delay in response. Historically by their nature public houses have faced and been located very close to the public highway, The Ferryboat is no exception to this. Within this narrow area the current road layout encourages separation between pedestrians and vehicles, but does also make provision for occasions when two vehicles meet so that they can pass with care without the need of reversing,

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 09:02, Thursday 4 July 2019

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