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Safety Barrier Removed

Reported in the Pavements category anonymously at 22:29, Mon 1 July 2019

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council 1 minute later

A few months ago for some unknown reason galvanised safety barriers which have been in situ for 25+ years were removed all around Southwold with some being replaced with single little wooden vertical posts and some with nothing at all. This is a major safety concern and I have seen two near misses so far where a child has run out into the road near Tesco, Holm Square where there is no safety barrier. I do not wish to see a child injured or killed hence I keep on reporting and OCC keep on closing NFA on fixmystreet. I have liaised with both Cherwell Council and Bicester Town Council who could not understand why OCC would say that they would work on OCC adopted paths / cycleways and have no knowledge at all with both advising that it is OCC responsibility. Can OCC please confirm if / when the barriers will be replaced or does it need a child to be injured or killed first before anything is done. I have had to word more strongly as this is the third report I have done with no action being taken at all on the last two reports I have submitted, Interestingly about 100' further along the path from where one barrier on the road side has been removed is a barrier between two footpaths still in situ so I have just had to add the photo for perusal. If I see anyone removing it I can then challenge them and obtain information on who is removing them.

Council ref: ENQ19836878

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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 22:30, Mon 1 July 2019

  • No updates at all from anyone, very disappointing

    Posted anonymously at 09:17, Wed 31 July 2019
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • Still no update from Oxon Council

    Posted anonymously at 10:42, Thu 29 August 2019
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • Fixmystreet has got me to write to local Councillor Lynn Pratt ( a big thankyou) who has succeeded in ascertaining from OCC that it was them that removed it with her reply to me . They were removed with respect of improving cycling connectivity in the town, the barriers restricted movement of less standard bikes such as tricycles and bikes with trailers and larger mobility scooters, as well as double buggies. However the County Council have been made aware of concerns from residents relating to the removal of the barriers particularly in relation to the crossing at Holm Way. This is being reviewed, and I have also been asked to point out any other crossing points where there are specific concerns. I hope this helps, and if you know of any points that are worth passing back to the County Council please let me know.

    PLEASE NOTE THAT OCC DENIED KNOWLEDGE AT FIRST SAYING: Safety Barriers removed “Sorry for the delay, this has been looked into on the OCC side of things and no one has any info as to who has removed these. This brings us to believe these may have been removed my Cherwell DC or Bicester Town Council so they can access the hedglines along the main footways in southwold as they maintain these and cut them back anually. please feel free to conact either directly but im affraid we cannot be any more help with this issue. kind regards. State changed to: No further action” FMS Support -Oxfordshire County Council

    Hopefully the barriers may be put back in as appears no one thought about child safety...… we shall see,

    Posted anonymously at 17:25, Mon 9 September 2019

  • Still waiting

    Posted anonymously at 15:05, Thu 26 September 2019
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • A Freedom of information request has been put to OCC who now confirm it was nothing to do with OCC but Cherwell Council. Summary as follows: Oxfordshire County Council does not hold this information. This project was led and implemented by Cherwell District Council, please speak to Angela Smith. You may like to contact Cherwell District Council

    Posted anonymously at 19:14, Tue 8 October 2019

  • Some interesting information has come to light after a FOI request. Looks like no one has considered safety of children in the removal of the safety barriers

    Posted anonymously at 18:57, Thu 24 October 2019
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • Some bushes have been cut back by CDC but no barriers yet

    Posted anonymously at 20:40, Thu 21 November 2019
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • Still waiting

    Posted anonymously at 11:06, Fri 20 December 2019
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 11:37, Fri 17 January 2020

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 09:36, Sun 16 February 2020

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