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Dangerous road works by developer

Reported anonymously at 13:28, Wed 23 October 2019

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council and West Oxfordshire District Council 3 minutes later

Blenheim Estates are carrying out the highways works to facilitate the development of new houses. There are 2 issues with these works at the moment: 1) For a period of time, although now removed, there has been heras type fencing adjacent to the carriageway. This was not installed in accordance with the manufacturer's details and therefore does not comply with temporary works design for this fence to be adjacent to the public, and could therefore be dangerous if it were to fall over 2) There is a significant unguarded or protected excavation, approx 2-3ft deep, adjacent to the carriageway. This is a 50mph main road, so this is not acceptable and creates a significant risk for the travelling public

Council ref: ENQ19845814

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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 13:31, Wed 23 October 2019

  • Is there an update on this issue, as nothing has changed and it continues to be dangerous for the travelling public

    Posted anonymously at 11:41, Tue 29 October 2019

  • Thank you for your report. Our Streetworks Team have contacted the developer and they have (as you mentioned) removed the Harris fencing and have confirmed the tarmac will be reinstated today. We will continue to monitor. Thank you.

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 13:39, Tue 29 October 2019

  • Nothing has been done to protect or reinstate the excavation. There is still a 2-3ft deep excavation immediately adjacent to the live carriageway, meaning a dangerous situation has now been allowed to continue for a long period, thereby increasing the risk to the public. I am sure that these works are far from being in accordance with the Code of Practice for Safety at Street Works and Road Works, which are one of the standards that should be worked in accordance with? What risk assessment has been done to ensure these works are safe?

    Posted anonymously at 21:19, Tue 29 October 2019

  • While the developer has undertaken some surfacing works to part of this issue, the deepest and therefore most dangerous excavation has still not been filled or protected. As you seem unable or unwilling to address this issue, I will be contacting the HSE

    Posted anonymously at 12:47, Fri 1 November 2019

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