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The Curie Entrance bus stop on Newbury Road is very poorly lit.

Reported via mobile in the Street lighting category anonymously at 17:05, Mon 30 November 2020

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

Dear Vale of a white Horse council,

I work at Harwell campus and get a bus in daily, the bus stop during the winter is very poorly lit, as is the road leading to it. It would be wonderful if we could have more lighting around it, please, even if it's just Christmas lights for now! Even if it's only psychological, I would feel a lot safer when I'm waiting.

And secondly, the bus shelter is full of leaves and has no seating. I'm a cleaner and have a good twenty mins wait for the bus so a clean-ish bus shelter (don't do spiders!) and a seat would be most appreciated! I know this isn't a priority but it's something that would help in the long term.

Many thanks,

N. Mulligan

Council ref: 2412193

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  • Thank you for contacting us over this concern. We will consider this request along with many others later this financial year. However, this will be subject to there being no conflicting works and sufficient funds.

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 09:37, Tue 1 December 2020

  • 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 15:50, Thu 3 December 2020

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