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Contractors Parking on grass verge/driving on path

Reported in the Car parking category by Steve nton at 15:27, Fri 29 August 2014

Sent to Vale of White Horse District Council 2 minutes later

Just outside Abingdon on the Drayton Road at junction with Stonehill House Lane. The field has been ok'ed for development and work has now started. The workers/ contractors are parking their cars on the public grass verge OUTSIDE of the development which will rapidly turn this grass verge into a mud bath especially in this very wet weather. To get onto/off this verge they have to drive across and along a public footpath and cycleway( driving a car along a public footpath is an offence in itself). In just a few days this is going to ruin the verge and turn it into a mudbath which will be spread onto the public path as these workers leave work. This large development is in a massive field, there is a drive and gate into field from Drayton Road (at rear of last car in picture) why can't these site cars not be parked on actual field? The building work is going to continue for a very long time due to large size of development. When planning permission was granted surely site/staff parking issues were raised as site is next to main road and the only path from Drayton/Steventon etc south of Abingdon? Why was it not made a condition of planning permission that parking area be constructed ON SITE as 1st step in build process of site? This is a completerly unlit section of country road and completely dark with the nights now getting dark earlier. Who is going to be liable for the cyclists that will plow unexpectedly into the wet mud in dark on cycle path from these cars? There is NO OTHER path on opposite side of Drayton road therefore pedestrians and cycles have no choice but to use this single path. School starts next week and many children use this path to walk/cycle to Abingdon schools from villages to south of site, surley a better arrangment is planned for site traffic than to just dump them on public verge for next 6 months or so?

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  • Dear Steve Thank you for your report. I drove past the site this morning and was pleased to observe no parked vehicles outside of the site. I will continue to monitor the situation as development progresses. Yours sincerely, Lee J Turner, OCC Traffic Advice & Design.

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 15:21, Tue 9 September 2014

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