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Nettle and tree overgrowth and cracks in cycleway wide enough to trap cycle tyres

Reported via desktop in the Potholes and maintenance category by Diane Livesley at 14:38, Tue 26 July 2022

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

The Ock Valley River Walk is a cut through for pedestrians and cyclists who want to get to Tesco or Fairacres Trading Park without using their cars. It's a green asset. At present the path is very overgrown with nettles (potentially hazardous to anyone falling into them from the path or a bike!). There are also ruts, wide enough to swallow a cycle tyre, in the tarmac. The overgrowth needs clearing and the path needs repairing. There is, otherwise, a risk of someone being thrown off their bike and into a very unpleasant (and potentially hazardous) mass of undergrowth. Many families with young children in buggies use this pathway and it is a very helpful shortcut, avoiding traffic, from nearby housing.

Council ref: ENQ22930334

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  • State changed to: Investigating

    Updated by Oxfordshire County Council at 14:39, Tue 26 July 2022

  • This is the first of two reports made recently about this problem. The other has been closed, OCC having referred the complainant to either ' the local Housing Association', Abingdon Town Council or VOWH District Council. Town Council, possibly. VOWH probably, but this area is nothing at all to do with any Housing Association, local or national. OCC - please update your closure notice before you make the complainant waste his/her time and the Housing Association's time.

    Posted anonymously at 12:42, Wed 27 July 2022

  • Thank you for your report. I have read this report and assessed the issue you have identified, located on the map, on Ock Valley River Walk footpath. Having checked our Highway Records and Public Rights of Way Maps, I can confirm that this footpath is not part of the highway network that Oxfordshire County Council is responsible for maintaining at public expense. You should try the owner of the land i.e. The Local Housing Association, Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council or Vale of White Horse District Council to pursue this matter. I am therefore closing this report.

    To contact:

    Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council:
    Email: enquiries@abingdon.gov.uk
    Phone: 01235 522642
    Website: http://www.abingdon.gov.uk
    Address: Abingdon-on-Thames Town Council
    Roysse Court
    Bridge Street
    Abingdon-on-Thames
    Oxon, OX14 3HU
    The town council offices in Roysse Court are open to the public from 10 am – 2 pm, Monday – Friday.
    Their phone lines are open if you need to speak to someone at the council, however, you may find the information you need on their website or contact them via email first – this will also help them respond quickly to those most in need during what is a difficult time for so many.

    Vale of White Horse District Council:
    Phone: 01235 422422 (Text phone users add 18001 before you dial)
    Email : comments@whitehorsedc.gov.uk
    Website: http://www.whitehorsedc.gov.uk/

    You can find your local council on our website: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/ council/ about-your-council/ government-oxfordshire/ district-councils

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 14:17, Thursday 16 February 2023

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