I use this pedestrian bridge every day, at night I cannot see the deck or the steps, it is totally dark. There is no lighting and I would like some kind of lighting. I've been aware of this problem for 2 years, but I don't really know when it started.
Unfortunately Oxfordshire County Council does not have any funds available at this time to install additional lighting as our street lighting budget is used for the energy, cost and maintenance of our existing street lights.
However if the Parish Council were prepared to fund the initial installation /servicing costs and pay a commuted sum (this is an upfront sum to cover future maintenance costs) we would be prepared to take on future energy and maintenance costs for that lighting as long as it is installed on the public highway and to our specification.
In rural areas new lighting will only be provided in consultation with the local councils. A test will be whether it is necessary (for road safety or security reasons), affordable and sustainable
It may also be worth contacting Thames Valley Police to see if they would be prepared to fund the initial installation and servicing costs if this area is known as an accident ‘hotspot’ or if it is an anti-social behaviour area.
Please accept our apologies that we cannot assist any further at this time.
Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 15:20, Wed 1 April 2020
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