Fence fallen down
Reported via desktop anonymously at 18:12, Tuesday 8 June 2021
Sent to Oxfordshire County Council and South Oxfordshire District Council less than a minute later
The fence which protects the footpath from a ditch has fallen or been pushed down.
Council ref: ENQ21896872
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 18:12, Tuesday 8 June 2021
Technically, this land is owned by Taylor Wimpey. I have contact details from them and an acknowledgement that this is the case.
I have reported this to them (some months back) but they have done nothing about it.
When the land was sold for development in 1992, the contract stated that once the Ladygrove was finished, the developers would transfer ownership for all land like this to Didcot Town Council/SODC. In return for this, as it would need ongoing maintenance, the developers paid a substantial sum of money.
This land - including this wooded/fenced area - has been maintained by SODC ever since then. I have a press cutting demonstrating this, and emails from SODC confirming they are doing work.
However, since 2020 SODC have refused to maintain the land because, technically, they do not own it. Which is correct. But that is their oversight, because they agreed they would take it on.
I have copies of the original agreement from 1992 should you wish to see it.
Posted anonymously at 15:00, Saturday 3 July 2021
Thank you for this report. As this fence is not shown to be on the Highway maintainable at public expense, nor is it effecting what is shown to be Highway I am unable to continue with this report. As we do not hold records of third party land ownership I am unable to help you further, other than suggest contacting Land Registry (https://www.gov.uk/ government/ organisations/ land-registry). This report is now closed.
State changed to: Investigation complete
Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 14:31, Monday 26 July 2021
This report is now closed to updates. You can make a new report in the same location.