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Deplorable state of footpaths and kerbs to be exacerbated by upcoming fibre optic cable installation

Reported via desktop in the Pavements category anonymously at 14:32, Monday 2 May 2022

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

In September 2021 I reported:

"The photographs show only a small portion of the issue, but are representative of at least 50% of the total within Orchard Coombe. The condition has deteriorated continually in the 25 plus years I have lived here, with only minimal maintenance, and has now got to an unsafe state. The footpath/kerb edge slopes so severally it is only a matter of time before someone stumbles into the road, with the potential for real injury. One photograph shows an area that has had an attempt at repair and, in my recollection, is one of only 3 such attempts in recent years. How it can be economic to dispatch a crew to do such minor work when such a large part needs attention is beyond me, it must cost more in travel time than actual working time! The state of the kerbs and footpaths is also impacting property values and marketability, with potential buyers of any property coming on the market commenting on their state. In contrast, on a recent sale, the buyer commented positively on the condition of the “bullring” (the grassed area within the ring of houses 12 to 32) which is maintained by, and by contributions from, the residents of Orchard Coombe. Please don’t use the excuse of budget restrictions, it is about time this long standing issue reached the top of your “to do” list and PROPER repair works completed.”

We understand that someone has approval to lay fibre optic cables in footpaths. If the excavations are only patched, the above situation will be made much worse. The contractor responsible should be required to completely re-lay any footpaths and kerbs, not just patch them.

Council ref: ENQ22923775

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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 14:32, Monday 2 May 2022

  • Your report has been passed to the highways technical officer for consideration for future programmed works, unfortunately I cannot give you a time frame at this present time

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 14:13, Monday 30 May 2022

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