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Irresponsible overspill of mud and inappropriate parking

Reported via desktop in the Roads/highways category by E. D. Hotham at 18:18, Sun 5 December 2021

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

The enclosed 8 photographs illustrate the extent of the mud being spread on the roads around the Diddly Squat Farm Shop which has been a feature for months in wet weather along with the recent re-emergence of obstructive parking. In this example on the afternoon of a dry December day (4th 2021) at one point 37 cars were parked along the roadside with many others in the wet and boggy off road “car park”. The latter is responsible for the mud which after rainfall now soils the Chipping Norton Rd steeply down to and along the fast A361 in both directions for up to a quarter of a mile (to the extent that some cars from Diddly Squat deliberately over spun their wheels to slalom along it). The saturated wet mud is lethal to cyclists and motor cyclists as well as being considerable danger to other motor vehicles. This is particularly so at the sharp corner junction of the fast A361 and Chipping Norton Road up to and beyond the Diddly Squat Farm Shop. With a frost it could easily become a black spot. No “Danger Mud on Road” signs were displayed anywhere and no attempt is ever made to clear the roads of the mud which is also degrading the tarmac. The management responsible should be immediately compelled to exercise their duty of care to the public by keeping the affected roads clean at all times or eliminate the source of both of the problems.

Council ref: ENQ21911419

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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 18:19, Sun 5 December 2021

  • As well as the danger caused by the mud on the highway itself, the other objection I have to its presence/ creation is that where the road from Diddly Squat goes downhill to the A361, the roadmarkings are completely obscured so someone unfamiliar with the road could blindly bear right onto the A361 without stopping not having been able to see the give way/ stop road markings at this T junction. Similarly if wanting to turn left onto the A361, the markings are also obscured so risking a head- on collision if one is travelling towards the A361 intending to turn left onto it and someone coming along the A361 towards Chippy, decides to turn right and swings wildly round that bend not noticing the two way traffic indication that is hidden in mud. The road surface at this junction is also suffering with potholes developing because of the excessive use the road is now getting.

    Posted anonymously at 13:49, Mon 6 December 2021

  • Thank you for your enquiry. We have investigated your report and it has been actioned to be fixed.

    State changed to: Action scheduled

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 12:17, Tue 21 December 2021

  • State changed to: Fixed

    Updated by Oxfordshire County Council at 09:33, Wed 22 December 2021

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