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Windrush Bridges at Langel Common

Reported via mobile in the Cycle Path category anonymously at 17:01, Thu 11 November 2021

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council less than a minute later

The west bridge started falling apart in November 2020 (the Council's street sweeping machine breaking through the main decking in Spring 2021). The third-round of Council responses to this major issue (on the £500k-plus Active Travel Route promoted by the local councillors on the new OCC administration) stated that the bridges were due to be repaired by the end of October 2021. This has now been put back ANOTHER 3 months to January 2022. Is this a guarantee ?! Why have all proper (not temporary lash-ups) repairs not been completed after a year's wait ? Why no apologies from our councillors (given they have not actually done anything about this for their electorate) ? All as embarrassing as our Government.

Council ref: ENQ21909961

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  • State changed to: Investigating

    Updated by Oxfordshire County Council at 17:01, Thu 11 November 2021

  • Photo of bridge decking failure: subsequently patched up, but now "spongey" yet again (proving the main decking is further failing) ... forcing the fixings out ...

    Posted anonymously at 21:45, Thu 11 November 2021

  • Well said. Unfortunately, all the money was spent on painting cycle lanes up Corn Street, that nobody asked for & nobody is using. Sorry!

    Posted anonymously at 18:03, Mon 15 November 2021

  • We thought we'd try to get more public exposure of these long standing problems and inactivity by sending a letter in to the Witney Gazette. They contacted a local councillor - and lo and behold they then decided not to publish. Cancel culture in the world of politics !

    Posted anonymously at 21:57, Wednesday 19 January 2022

  • We have investigated your report and this issue has been added to a programme of work in the bridges team
    Oxfordshire County Council prioritises high flood risk areas when considering drainage because of budget constraints but we will monitor reported issues during routine inspections. LINK to planned programme of work.?

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 09:03, Thursday 20 January 2022

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