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Wootton Road pavement/cycleway

Reported via desktop in the Pavements category by Anthony J Betteridge at 20:08, Monday 9 August 2021

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

The hedge adjacent to the footpath/cycleway between the Wootton road roundabout and the A34 flyover has been hacked back in the most amateur fashion, but the other weeds and nettles along its length have not, neither has the resulting debris on the footpath been removed. Additionally, the chippings, gravel and mud which covers the whole length of the footpath/cycleway from the development entrance to Long Tow have not been cleaned, despite OCC's assurance on 21st July that Biffa was to be asked to undertake the work; as I said in an earlier report, this results in cyclists not using the cycleway because it's an uneven surface to ride on and will cause more frequent punctures. The inevitable outcome of this is that cyclists predominantly use the road, causing obstruction to vehicles and providing potential for RTAs. Would you PLEASE arrange for these problems to be addressed in the near future - users of this walking/cycling facility have suffered long enough - after all, what is the point of councils (both county and district) trumpeting the benefits of these facilities if they cannot maintain them in a usable condition??

Council ref: ENQ21902972

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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 20:09, Monday 9 August 2021

  • For "21st July" in the foregoing report read "16th July"

    Posted by Anthony J Betteridge at 20:11, Monday 9 August 2021

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 21:45, Friday 10 September 2021

  • Despite OCC's assurance on 16th July that Biffa was to be asked to clean the footpath/cycleway of chippings, gravel and mud, they haven't - it remains in an untidy and uncared - for condition with the dividing line between the two portions degraded and unclear. I've seen a motorised water tanker used by the developer to clean Wootton Road (but the driver states that he's not insured to go on the footpath/ cycleway) - surely OCC and the developer can come to some sort of agreement whereby this problem can be overcome? The Site Manager said that he had approached OCC to have it cleaned up and subsequently told me that it had been done - sadly it hasn't.... The hedge, although hacked back (by an amateur?), is beginning to grow again at "nettle - level" and the whole length is ragged and unkempt, with random branches overhanging the footpath. I'm ashamed that the area is part of my "local patch" - total lack of care and attention.

    Posted by Anthony J Betteridge at 22:15, Friday 10 September 2021

  • This report has been closed. However I have reported this to Biffa again and asked for investigation into why the path has not been swept. I have also chased our contractor for a date the footway siding out works will be done. I am very sorry for the delay.

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 14:14, Wednesday 13 October 2021

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