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Recycling trucks ruining grass

Reported in the Parks/landscapes category anonymously at 16:41, Tue 20 April 2010

Sent to Vale of White Horse District Council 3 minutes later

Throughout 2008 I had a long running email exchange with VoWHDC about refuse and recycling trucks running over wet grass on the 'roundabout with trees' in Wick Close Abingdon. The result: no change, mud everywhere. The photo shows how it was in early 2008. It's worse now and I had given up until I discovered FixMyStreet, so here's hoping something will get done this time!

There are two problems and perhaps a solution.

Problem 1 - there are too many cars in the close and so people have to park around the west side bend so the refuse trucks cannot get through but - by 8AM or so - most of the cars have gone.

Problem 2 - the contractors were asked (by the VoWHDC rep) to schedule Wick Close at the end of their run eg. 9-9.30AM but they usually ignore that request.

A solution? - if there is no way of getting the truck drivers to come later (and seems there is not), then please consider fitting some grass/concrete slabs on the roundabout like those used very effectively for a similar problem at the Leisure and Tennis Centre in Abingdon. They look a lot more attractive than mud, with grass growing in the squares, and they seem to be able to take the weight of lorries.

Would really appareciate a solution to this issue that has been rumbling on for more than 2 years!

Thank you.

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  • Dear Mr Clarke

    Thank you for your enquiry that has been passed to the Parks section.

    The roundabout at the end of Wick Close is not Vale of White Horse District Council land. It is Oxfordshire County Council highway land and a request to change the surface of the roundabout needs to be addressed to the southern area office, based at Drayton. The telephone number is: 08453 101 111 and email address is:

    I believe my colleague in the Waste section has replied to you separately regarding the refuse/recycling lorry.

    Parks Officer/Countryside Access
    Vale of White Horse District Council

    Posted anonymously at 13:37, Thu 22 April 2010

  • A week ago this... are we on a waiting list? When will we know? I can track a parcel, why can't I track this??

    From: Southern Area - Environment & Economy <>
    Subject: RE: Fwd: Problem Report: Recycling trucks ruining grass

    Date: Thursday, 22 April, 2010, 14:46

    Thank you for your enquiry dated 22/4/10. We have logged this enquiry onto our database for investigation and the reference number is [6-digit number].

    Unfortunately, due to the number of requests for service that we receive, we are not always able to respond individually to each communication.

    Thank you for raising this matter.

    Highway Enquiry Team

    Posted anonymously at 13:57, Sat 1 May 2010

  • Four weeks on the problem still sits with OCC "Drayton Depot" with its 6-digit reference number and we have no idea if or when it will be addressed...

    Posted anonymously at 18:59, Tue 18 May 2010

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 18:59, Tue 18 May 2010

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 21:52, Tue 15 June 2010

  • The Drayton depot declined to take any action (that was before the election). Our local Concillor has however agreed to come and look at the problem.

    Posted anonymously at 22:35, Tue 13 July 2010

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 22:35, Tue 13 July 2010

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