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The vegetation needs cutting back

Reported via desktop in the Potholes and maintenance category anonymously at 14:31, Tuesday 9 August 2022

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

The cycle way and foot path along the Southern by-pass from Heyford Hill Roundabout (going westerly in the direction of Kennington roundabout) to the alleyway up to Rivermead Road has vegetation on its northern side which is totally overgrown. It covers the whole of the footpath for a considerable distance requiring pedestrians to walk in the cycleway. there are some overhanging branches that are now at or below the head height of cyclists posing a safety problem for them. Ppedesrains walking in the cyclway are also being put at increasing danger from the cyclists many of whom don't have bells so don't make pedestrians aware of their approach. with the noise from the traffic using the ring road it is more difficult to hear the cyclists approaching. This stretch of cycleway and footpath has not had the vegetation cut back for a considerable period. I cannot remember it being cut back within the past three or four years if not longer even though the grass verge between the cycleway and the ring road is periodically mown. With the County Council making a big play on trying to get more people to cycle and walk it is, one might say, rather ironic that the safety of pedestrians and cyclists is being compromised by the lack of (proper) maintenance of existing provision. Hopefully this matter will be speedily attended to.

Council ref: ENQ22931313

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  • State changed to: Investigating

    Updated by Oxfordshire County Council at 14:31, Tuesday 9 August 2022

  • Thank you for your enquiry. I have visited the site and assessed the problem that you have identified. Unfortunately it does not meet our current intervention criteria so I cannot arrange a repair. We will continue to monitor this during our routine inspections.

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 12:58, Monday 22 August 2022

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