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No light present to illuminate stretch of Childrey Way

Reported via desktop in the Street lighting category anonymously at 12:24, Thu 3 December 2020

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

There are no lights present between the posts marked "street light 001" (Childrey Way - not the byway at lower level) and "street light 003" (corner to Sarajac Ave). The path is terribly dark at night time on this stretch and would benefit tremendously from an additional lamp being installed on the pole at the border of Childrey Way 4 & 5 (see photos). This has been an issue for many years and been reported repeatedly both to the parish and OCC. The path is becoming more and more treacherous to walk at night as pitch black, very uneven due to roots lifting the tarmac, pot holes and edges crumbling. Will it take someone breaking a leg before any action on the poor lighting of this path will be taken?

Council ref: 2416175

Asset ID: 086955

Column number: 001

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  • 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 15:44, Thu 3 December 2020

  • Has been sent for consideration by Parish council

    Posted anonymously at 14:14, Thu 31 December 2020
    Still open, via questionnaire

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