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Unsafe footpath and stairs

Reported via desktop anonymously at 17:39, Wednesday 17 February 2021

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

Location: at the junction of Wilcox and Insall Roads, Chipping Norton, there is a 'green' area with two very mature trees. At the western-most edge of this 'green' there is a flight of wooden-framed and earth-filled steps leading down to a footpath which runs approximately south-to-north from Chipping Norton church to the Chipping Norton / Over Norton Road, behind the odd number properties of Insall road to the north, and the higher numbered properties of Wilcox Road, to the south.

These steps are now severely rotted, and the embankment to each side is steep and very slippery (especially in winter months), making this access treacherous underfoot. Additionally, at the bottom of the steps a gateway has fallen onto the footpath, bringing with it one of its fixing posts and a large quantity of barbed wire. This has been moved to the side slightly, by local people, however a trip or slip on the stairs or the footpath could result in a person falling onto the barbed wire.

This is the main area to which I would like to draw your attention, for urgent repair.

The stairs and condition of the footpath has been deteriorating over several years, however the stairs and the gate at the bottom of the stairs has been this way since at least March 2020.

Furthermore, there is a dry-stone wall and barbed wire fence running side-by-side along the eastern border of the footpath from its beginning near to the Church up to this set of stairs, from then northwards it is just barbed wire (the fence on the western border of the footpath has been repaired by the landowner). The wall and barbed wire fence is in very poor condition, having fallen in several places, presenting trip hazards.

Council ref: ENQ21887781

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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 17:39, Wednesday 17 February 2021

  • This report has been closed. However the issue has been passed to the relevant team and put on to the minor civils list for possible re build

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 13:36, Tuesday 23 March 2021

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