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Inability to walk safely on the pavement on the busy A417

Reported anonymously at 13:17, Tuesday 8 October 2019

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council and Vale of White Horse District Council 4 minutes later

I live at Penstones Court, Stanford in the Vale and last Friday I walked along to Stanford Mill for the Macmillan Coffee morning. I nearly had an accident on this stretch of road and it was lucky that I don't have brittle bones for I ended up in the shrubbery. I'll explain ...

On the main road, the pavement between Stanford in the Vale and Stanford Mill has been half covered by little stones and the earth/grass embankment has taken over half of it. This means you need to walk on the edge of the pavement nearest the road. At the moment the shrubs are overhanging parts of it too, so you also need to duck or get even nearer the edge.

Unfortunately as I walked home a huge artic lorry whooshed past me at a terrific speed and the air from it the pushed me into the shrubbery where I landed up on the earth. The van behind pulled up to see that I was okay, which was very nice of him. I'm quite a fit person despite being older and I only had a few cuts and bruises, but I fear a child or someone infirm might have been really hurt.

I know the artic shouldn't have been speeding, but is there anyway to get the pavement cleared and the bushes trimmed back? Or even a speed bump inserted along this stretch ... a big 'ask' I know.

Council ref: ENQ19844530

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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 13:20, Tuesday 8 October 2019

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