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Mud on road - Illegal? Highways Act 1980?

Reported via desktop by Paul W at 10:42, Tue 5 December 2023

Sent to Oxfordshire County Council and South Oxfordshire District Council 1 minute later. FixMyStreet ref: 5283685.

Apparently no attempt make to prevent or even minimise migration of mud onto the road. Unpleasant for walkers, dog-walkers and cyclists. Possibly dangerously slippery.

Trucks queuing up to enter the site. Trucks bringing soil INTO the site. Is it being used as a dumping ground for a development elsewhere?

Does the speculator anticipate making multiple millions profit on this development? Most local residents neither wanted nor wanted this development. Is it mainly to fulfil it the greed of the developer? Could they not spend a tiny proportion of their profit on ensuring the road is clean?

Legal notes “Farmers and contractors are legally obliged to ensure that if their vehicles leave mud, and other deposits, on the road, they are responsible to clean it up. If they don't, they could be liable for a number of offences under the Highways Act 1980.” https://www.hse.gov.uk/ construction/ faq-publicnuisance.htm

“It is an offence to allow soil or refuse from land adjacent to a public highway to fall, be washed, or carried onto the road (under the Highways Act 1980).” https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/ residents/ roads-and-transport/ street-maintenance-z/ mud-highway

Council ref: ENQ23982680

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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 10:43, Tue 5 December 2023

  • Thank you for reporting this. We have contacted the Developer and reminded them of their responsibilities and requested that they clean the road as a matter of urgency and make sure it is clear of mud and stones. We have also reminded them that they must have wheel washing facilities on site.

    You can also report this to the Planning Enforcement Team at South Oxfordshire District Council, as this will be a condition in their Planning Permission.

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 13:11, Fri 8 December 2023

  • We have investigated your report, and confirm sweeper on site / no mud found on carriageway during this visit

    State changed to: Investigation complete

    Posted by Oxfordshire County Council at 09:30, Wednesday 17 January 2024

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