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Dangerous pavement

Reported via mobile in the Pavements category anonymously at 07:52, Saturday 18 March 2023

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

I wrote this time last year (around the 09.10.22 I believe) regarding the footpath which runs in between Elms Road and John Hampden School/Van Diemans Estate. I commented that it was becoming increasingly narrow due to overgrown ivy and the mudbank and that the surface was I ncredibly uneven often causing my children (and others) to trip.

That was last year and yet no improvements to the surface have been madeā€¦

Yesterday, as a result of the very pitted and uneven surface, my daughter had such a bad fall that we had to seek emergency medical care. As I forewarned you last year, the surface is very uneven and therefore dangerous. Sadly, albeit the worst yet in our experience, the accident yesterday is not a one off.

As requested last year, please can this be remedied. The pavement is heavily used throughout the day and there is a duty of care here.

Kind regards

Council ref: ENQ23952169

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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 07:52, Saturday 18 March 2023

  • Typo in original message: date of previous correspondence was 03.22 and not 10.22

    Posted anonymously at 07:59, Saturday 18 March 2023

  • 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 14:35, Monday 27 March 2023

  • Hello,

    Further to your communication, for which, thank you. I have seen that the pathway has been marked up for repair rather than complete resurfacing. Only two areas have been marked leaving the remainder of the entire footpath (from Elms Road to John Hampden School) to continue its decay and large areas uneven and therefore dangerous.

    Please be aware that the medical advice obtained during my daughters examination was that it was fortunate that her face has not been permanently disfigured by scarring. However, it is clear that her teeth have been damaged and we shall not know whether this will have a lasting effect when her permanent teeth replace her milk teeth. Also, it is appears that her nose was broken and we do not yet know of the effect of any scarring on her breathing. We shall keep this monitored and inform you if any cosmetic or other surgery is required consequent upon her injuries.

    Meanwhile, it is clear that the extent of your proposed repairs will not adequately improve the surface leaving a further and repeated risk to my children and other pedestrians. I therefore expect that you will confirm that the entire surface of the footpath will be recoated with fresh tarmac so leaving an entirely trip/hazardous-free surface that is safe to walk on.

    Please treat this email as a formal complaint.

    Posted anonymously at 13:37, Wednesday 29 March 2023

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