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Fencing damages so removed from rear walkway but now no guard against falling down deep embankment

Reported anonymously at 11:27, Thursday 24 September 2020

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council and Vale of White Horse District Council less than a minute later

Yesterday evening I nearly slipped down a steep embankment where the fencing (which was damaged) has been removed. Last week my dog did fall down.

This happened in daylight and is even more perilous in the evening as there is no lighting.

It is a health and safety issue and needs rectifying as a priority before someone or animal (as dog walkers use the path constantly) incurs an injury.

Council ref: ENQ20876825

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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 11:28, Thursday 24 September 2020

  • Many thanks for your report. There are no plans to replace the redundant fencing as we do not believe it to be safety critical. This is consistent with our approach to other public footpaths adjacent to watercourses (disused or otherwise), examples being the footpath adjacent to the River Thames in central Oxford, or other sections of the disused canal around Wantage and Grove, none of which are fenced.

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 08:19, Wednesday 14 October 2020

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