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Streetlight No.6 Windrush Valley Road on corner of Windrush Valley Road & Fettiplace Road, outside house no.2 Fettiplace Rd

Reported in the Street lighting category anonymously at 23:28, Mon 10 June 2019

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 2 minutes later

Street light not working again - This has been 'out' several times over last months, but then starts working again -So presume it's a problem with the 'photo cell light switch' & it has now been out for several days again

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  • Ref: 00355686 Thank you for your report, OCC are now responding to out of lights within the contracted timescales of attending site within 7 days for repairs. If there is a cable fault this will be passed to the Electricity company to repair and will take longer, it will depend on the resources which the District Service Operator has. Thank you

    State changed to: Action scheduled

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 09:11, Tue 11 June 2019

  • Today they came & replaced the light Unit but then removed the column & light Unit & taped all remainder up with 'danger tape' - They also did the same to the lamp column the other side of the junction - WHICH WAS WORKING - So now there are no working Lamp Columns at this junction!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Posted anonymously at 21:44, Wed 12 June 2019

  • Sorry for all of the inconvenience this has caused. On arriving to the fault our contractors found a number of columns along Windrush Valley Road to have holes in the base of the structure. This is usually on a dog walking route for example as rust forms at the base. On finding a hole we have to cut the column down and notice in replacement works. With a hole in a base there is a greater chance the column could fall down and that is the last thing we want to happen. Works will now be noticed to get these replaced as soon as we can. We appreciate the inconvenience and apologise for the situation, we just cant take a chance to keep it standing when we notice a hole.

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 08:13, Thu 13 June 2019

  • It is not an 'inconvenience' to residents, but is to the detriment of the safety of road users as there are now no working lights at this junction. These columns have stood for some 60 years and are not about to suddenly fall over. A pragmatic approach would have been to have removed them when they were replaced - Certainly the one that was still working. By 'Noticing' you now mean that it will be several weeks before there is any light at this junction, hence compromising road safety/ the liability position of OCC

    Posted anonymously at 22:13, Thu 13 June 2019

  • I fully appreciate what you are saying here and understand that this isnt a good situation at this junction, we will act as quick as we can to replace these columns.

    Unfortunately with corrosion our contractors risk assess and act as they see it, unfortunately there have been instances (not in oxfordshire thankfully) where holes have formed due to rust and has caused the column to fall and the last thing we want is for a live apparatus to fall down, again apologies that this section will be in darkness, we will act to get it rectified

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 08:26, Fri 14 June 2019

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