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Damaged pavement damaging houses and endangering public

Reported via desktop in the Pavements category anonymously at 01:17, Thursday 19 August 2021

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

I live at 16 Lombard street in the centre of Abingdon. The pavement in this street has been opened up many times in the space of the ten years we have lived here.

Each time it is patched up but it needs a complete renovation as it is eroding in many places. Where the erosion is in the middle of the road, it adds to the obstacles people in wheelchairs or with pushchairs have to overcome. It is not uncommon to see wheelchair users in this street using the road because the pavement is to difficult to manoeuvre. Pedestrians also trip over uneven patches.

Against my house the state of the pavement is damaging my house in two ways. 1) Increasingly deep and numerous holes right against the house allow water to pool and infiltrate the wall. When we bought this house, we had a structural survey and a damp expert survey done. They both came back with a healthy « bill of health » for this house. We discovered that the bottom half outer wall to the street is now too damp. This wall must not be applied an external lining of damp proofing as it is made of brick and mortar, not cement. 16 Lombard street is a graded building. The traditional build of this wall allows it to breath naturally. Except it cannot do this anymore because of the pools of water forming at its feet. You will see from the pictures that the external brickwork is also damaged by the water. 2) Where the drainpipe opens onto the street, the level of the pavement has been raised so much by « re-tarmacking » following work literally on our doorstep a couple of years or so ago that rainwater can no longer flow towards the gutter in the street but instead is pushed back and stuck against the house. We discovered the dam

Council ref: ENQ21903620

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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 01:17, Thursday 19 August 2021

  • Dear Oxfordshire County Council,

    I am writing because the problems I informed you about on 19th August 2021 have only partially been remedied.

    Following my report of damp issues being created by deepening cracks and erosion of the pavement against my house + damp and damage already caused to brickwork and woodword next to our door due to raised pavement blocking the flow of water from our drainpipe, a city surveyor visited the property. He fully recognised the issues and promised two bits of work: filling of the holes in the pavement + creation of a grove in the pavement to allow the water to run away from the house instead of being pushed back against it by a pavement with a raised level following public work.

    The filling has happened but NOT THE CREATION of a passage/groove in the pavement.

    Please, can you let me know when we can expect this part of the work to happen?

    Posted anonymously at 11:40, Tuesday 12 October 2021

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