Thursday, 03 December 2020

Slippery and unlit path branded a ?disgrace?

A FOOTPATH along a busy Henley road has been labelled a ?disgrace?

A FOOTPATH along a busy Henley road has been labelled a ?disgrace?.

Complaints have been sent to the town council about the path by Marlow Road by a resident of Swiss Farm and a visitor to the neighbouring Four Oaks Caravan Club.  

David Palmer, of Swiss Farm, wrote: ?As usual at this time of year, the leaves are making everywhere especially slippery but none more than the Swiss Farm residents? pedestrian route into town, particularly after a frosty start to the day.

?Please can we have it properly cleaned this year when the trees have finished shedding as last year a half-hearted effort was made by the council only for it to be done properly by residents with shovels and brooms??

Mr Palmer said that parts of Marlow Road were missed during recent repairs, adding: ?These will only deteriorate further, causing more problems next year.

?I would have thought that this stretch of road, which is very heavily used, would have at least been stone chipped after these repairs.? Mr Palmer also reported that the only drain between Swiss Farm and Northfield End was regularly blocked.

Stephen Smith, who stayed at Four Oaks, said: ?The pathway, which is not lit and not maintained, is an absolute disgrace. This is a busy walking route between the caravan site and town. ?It seems that both lighting and pathway maintenance has stopped as soon as you get to Swiss Farm. Once past here it is like stepping back in time.

?Surely something can be done regarding pathway maintenance and vegetation clearing and an extension to the lighting system before there is an accident??

The town council?s traffic advisory committee says checks showed the pavement was in a ?satisfactory? condition with no safety issues.

Oxfordshire County Council will not extend the street lighting as its policy is to reduce the amount of lighting on the outskirts of towns and South Oxfordshire District Council has been contacted about the leaf clearance issue.

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