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Poor pavement work/Damage to private property

Reported via desktop in the Pavements category anonymously at 18:03, Thursday 25 March 2021

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

The pavement repair work (slurry seal) carried out on 23/03/2021 is incredibly poor in front of the driveway to Walliscote Farmhouse on the High Street, Whitchurch on Thames (RG8 7EP). It has also caused damage to private property. Granite setts laid in November 2020 on the private driveway adjacent to pavement are now covered with slurry seal which has overlapped from the pavement work.

The driveway has considerable traffic using it. It leads to 3 properties, 40 moorings, and a farm. Only one property was notified that the work was being done and what this would entail. The other users including delivery drivers, a carer for an elderly resident and the farmer tending his animals had no idea the work was happening or its nature.

The slurry seal on the pavement has already deteriorated and is not fit for purpose in front of a highly used access point. It's now damaged and looks worse than it did before it was laid. There's also a safety concern.

The slurry seal was not cordoned off for the appropriate time (if at all) to cure. No attempt was made to limit access to the driveway for the required time to avoid damage to the surface of the pavement and to the private property. It was therefore almost inevitable that the work would be compromised.

The owner of the driveway feels this represents a complete lack of planning or understanding of the nature of use of the pavement in front of the driveway. The workmanship was poor to begin with, damaging private property and now looks terrible and possibly represents a safety hazard all because adequate precautions and safeguards were not undertaken.

Council ref: ENQ21891105

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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 18:04, Thursday 25 March 2021

  • This report is not the responsibility of Oxfordshire County Council and will be passed to the relevant organisation.

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 13:01, Thursday 9 September 2021

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