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Reported anonymously at 14:00, Wednesday 20 May 2020

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council and South Oxfordshire District Council less than a minute later

The status of the lane which runs through the village of Crowell, OX39 4RR, to the South East of the B4009.

The lane is surfaced as far as the end of the houses, then becomes a track as far as the Ridgeway where it turns into a narrow footpath.

A fingerpost at the junction with the Ridgeway describes it as a restricted byway.

There is a sign outside the antepenultimate house on the lane which says Unsuitable for motor vehicles. over recent weeks there has been a large number of cars driving up the lane, apparently looking for Kiln Lakes - apparently there have been a lot of posts on social media about the lakes as a place for parties and picnics.

On several occasions cars have been parked at the top of the lane, and even on the Ridgeway itself.

If I am right that the lane is a restricted byway once past the houses would it be possible for a sign to be put up to the effect that vehicles are not permitted, rather than just that it is unsuitable for them.

The lane is narrow and several of the vehicle have been driven at a grossly excessive speed, thereby endangering the children and animals who live in the village.

It was also used a few weeks ago by a vehicle to fly tip a load of rubbish in the farmer's field.

Clearly access is required by the farmer and by those who look after the nature reserve, but apart from them there is no need for any vehicles to use that lane and I should like to so something to prevent them from doing so if possible.

Council ref: ENQ20865466

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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 14:01, Wednesday 20 May 2020

  • Thank you for your report. The Highways team have passed this to the Countryside Officer for further investigation.

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 14:28, Monday 29 June 2020

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