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Verge destroyed by vehicles with dangerous, deep ruts

Reported via mobile in the Pavements category anonymously at 13:40, Friday 26 March 2021

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 2635406.

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The verge behind the pub has been churned-up constantly by large vehicles mounting the kerb. It is now in a very bad condition and includes deep, dangerous holes that could easily cause injury, particularly at night. There is now mud on the road. It is also very unsightly. Can posts be erected please?

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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 13:41, Friday 26 March 2021

  • Thank you for your report. I’m re-assigning this report to the Vale Traffic Schemes Team who will consider your request for bollards at this site.

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 10:22, Wednesday 14 April 2021

  • Thank you for your report. In Answer to your comment 'Verge destroyed by vehicles with dangerous, deep ruts.': I have recently visited the site and assessed the problem that you have identified. Due to budgetary constraints and also that the damage you report is only on the verge, it unfortunately, doesn't meet our current intervention criteria, so I cannot arrange an immediate repair. I will however submit this report to the Minor Civils team for their appraisal and we will continue to monitor this during our routine inspections.

    In answer to your request concerning 'Can posts be erected please?': Vale Traffic Schemes Team have replied with: "Installing posts to protect the verge is something that needs to be funded privately. Information on this can be found here; residents/ roads-and-transport/ street-maintenance-z/ verges.
    However before this can take place the verge will need to be inspected to ensure that it is safe to do so."

    Relevant extract from this web page:

    Protection of grass verges
    Town and parish councils frequently express concern about the erosion of verges caused by building work and vehicles. Even after reinstatement or re-seeding, similar problems may continue.
    - In our experience, the most effective method of preventing grass verge damage is to prevent access to it with short, substantial posts.

    Short posts
    Where a town or parish council wants permanent protection for a verge:
    - pressure treated or hardwood wooden posts at least 100mm (4 ins) square, set 600mm (2 ft) into the ground, 600mm (2 ft) tall, and set back 450mm (18 ins) from the road, could be used
    - the cost of each approved scheme will need to be paid to us before installation takes place
    - we will not fund future maintenance costs
    - due to possible danger to and from buried apparatus, we would need to arrange the installation.

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 11:52, Tuesday 20 April 2021

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