A report on the state of footways / pavements in Eynsham, in relation to elderly or injured people, or anyone with a scooter or wheelchair. It was prepared by CR Caudle of Marlborough Place and compiled 11 August 2010. Please note, what follows is not necessarily endorsed by Eynsham Parish Council. View update November 2010: County Council response.
Having lived in Eynsham most of my life, I would walk the streets without much thought, unless I tripped on a raised paving slab. On my first outing with a disability scooter, I was shocked at the state of the paths. I don’t think any thought has gone into the impact on people in my position.
I present these findings in the hope that a working party can be arranged to discuss a strategy for change. I would also suggest that disabled people are involved in any future consultation, or before new paving projects. Disabled and elderly people should have a fundamental right to access shops or any other business, or for recreation.
In carrying out this survey, I found the same problems recurring time and again ...
DROPPED KERBS: It is a common practice to drop kerbs for cars to park in the driveways. However the practice of sloping the path penalises people who are elderly or disabled. Cars could easily mount the kerb if just the edge was lowered; meanwhile wheelchair users are at risk of tipping over.
BODGED REPAIRS: Contractors’ work is generally poor and is not checked by the council. If you have a lot of holes, why fill the large one and leave others? It only leaves the smaller holes to grow, which then requires another visit incurring further cost.
THOUGHTLESSNESS: The issues described above are bad enough. But householders are creating further problems, by:
PRIORITIES: I am well aware of the national state of finances and its impact on our councils, but I feel this situation is so serious that funds should be diverted, or grants applied for, at least to repair the main routes. In many places it is smoother to ride a scooter / wheelchair on the road.
|11/08/2010 Eynsham Footway Review|
Worn out surface with bumps along the full length of this path.
This street has a number of problems – from rippled effect on tarmac which has been brushed on in the past, to damaged and raised tarmac and plates, to sloping drives and overgrown shrubs, and 2 areas of cobbles.
Plate edges exposed and rough surface with ridges.
Raised plate, uneven and bumpy surface and cars parking on pavement.
I was surprised how much damage there is on this comparatively new estate, the pathways are in general poor, as can be seen in photos people are using the path as a parking place instead of parking on the road it was built for.
Obstructed by recycling boxes - also holes and dips.
Raised plate and cracked tarmac.
Sunken plate and blocked by bins.
You can gain access to this path but this is crazy, you cannot get off the path or even get on to the other one – no dropped kerb.
No tarmac covering, raised plate, ridges, sunken tarmac and bins left on the path.
Cracked, sunken concrete and poor tarmacking.
Bad tarmac and cracked and unlevel path.
This is the opposite pathway and again neglect and poor tarmacking is causing severe jolting, and would be very painful.
This is very bad. There is a dropped kerb to get onto this path from the junction of Wytham View, however at the turning into Beech Road there is no continuing dropped kerb.
Raised plate and poor tarmacking make a bumpy and jolting ride.
There is no room to get a wheelchair or scooter around onto the pavement unless you go onto the road, the area is taken up with planters and signboards. I recommend the signboard be moved back to allow access, or placed where the man in white shirt is.
Pathway to St Leonard's churchyard. The concrete slab needs attention as it is restricting access for wheelchairs and scooters trying to get past the bins.
Ridges, large hole, cracked surface and slope, uneven surfaces.
Again both paths have slopes and raised mounds and poor upkeep, it is not recommended to travel on these paths
Cracked tarmac, uneven surface, mounds from tree roots.
Tarmac holes and sunken path and raised tarmac.
The pavements are in very bad repair and the people I know to have scooters in this close use the road instead of the pavements because of the bad state with sinking of tarmac, broken pavements and obstructions that you have to drive through.
Sunken and broken tarmac
Overgrown - needs cutting back, otherwise you have to drive through, getting hit in the face.
Holes in the tarmac and rough surface.
The recent dropping of kerbs and sloping of concrete has increased the problem. There is path damage, poor tarmacking with ridges and lumps. Travelling on these paths is uncomfortable, shaky and jolting, which is not pleasant just travelling to The Spar. The road is the better route, but this is dangerous for people.
There are cars parked half on the pavement by owners that live there, and hedges and shrubs are overgrown with bees and wasps which you have to drive under, risking being stung.
Two dangerous areas can be seen in the photos, where apparently the rest of the path was not completed when the dropped kerbs were made. I have tried this and with just 2 wheels just about on the good and the bad part, it felt the scooter was about to tip over. I may be OK at 57 but for a pensioner of 70 or 80 it would be very dangerous and frightening. The state of the paths is very bad.
Tarmac ridge jolting the rider, and cracked surfaces.
Dropped drive tarmac with ridges, also cars parking on pavements.
Extremely dangerous drop path, it does not appear that this has been completed and is a danger to wheelchair / scooter users
Hedge encroaches so far out you cannot get past with a wheelchair or scooter.
Ramp has uneven surface and very steep slope.
This side of Mill Street is worse, with very steep slopes and very poor paths.
A disgraceful example, at the main crossing to and from the post office and library.
The surface by the post office is OK and crossing over is fine, but opposite, as shown here, you are faced with a steep slope with a sunken drainage channel at the bottom which is very uncomfortable.
This would be frightening and dangerous for disabled people and should be treated as a priority.
Sunken cover and sunken concrete.
I recommend that this barrier is removed. I can only just squeeze through, but the elderly or other wheelchair user or scooter would not, especially if they have to go to the doctors. The alternative is a detour along Evans Road or Acre End Street.
Entrance to the flats. The chippings and stones have not been kept swept into their area, the stones are all over the pavement and along the pavement which makes for a very uncomfortable and painful ride - especially as this pavement suffers also from ripples in the tarmac.
This is in fact the better side of Mill Street on the way down to the Co-op, though it has problems as will be seen here.
Very uneven ground considering this is the way to the Carnival and will be unpleasant for all.
The pathway on this side, from opposite the newsagents down to the playing field, is not as bad as others, that is until you want to get into the parking area for the field, especially at carnival time. The pathway is bumpy and overgrown and in no fit state for wheelchair or scooter users.
Stones from the driveway make for an uncomfortable ride and shaking.
The route beside the chain-link fence to the Sports Pavilion and Sports Field is hardly a path, and the rough surface peters out in the car park.
Along the north side Playing Fields the bushes are overgrown and brambles scratch arms.
At the junction with Queen Street, the dropped kerb is a total danger to all users. The drop is the wrong angle and the kerb is not low enough. This was the only one which tipped me over and is a no go area.
The entrance to Queen Street from Oxford Road is impossible on the path. Wheelchairs and scooters and frames have to go on the road, as the obstructions on the path make it impossible to pass as it is too narrow.
The eastern side of the street is a no go area, due to the state of the path just past and opposite the Queen's Head. The poor surface on the western side gives a ripple effect and the area before and after the Queen's is terrible on the spine. The pathway by the thatched cottages is too narrow and there is no alternative than to go onto the road.
Dropped kerb not low enough and obstructed by a car.
Raised plates, tarmac missing, surface rippled.
Uneven surface from raised tarmac which is in bits; drainage channel.
Cracked and uneven paths with holes.
This road has some bad areas of tarmac which need replacing; in addition I found holes where plates had vanished years ago.
Pathways are very bad. You cannot get around the opposite path and there are no dropped kerbs.
Raised plate and poor tarmac, ridges.
Very poor surface, poor tarmac, ridges, sunken areas.
This has the one good stretch of path in the village, however the dropped kerbs are not low enough. What they should have is a drop to road level.
After the good stretch it gets bad again, with dips and bumps heading for Acre End Street.
Entrance to Bartholomew School. There is no dropped kerb on either side, so no one can use the path to get around.
The more direct route crossing from one path to another is OK but ... the road surface between each path is terrible for wheelchair / scooters / elderly people to use.
Holes and poor tarmac, ridges and sunken parts.
This part of the village is the worst. The ride along the paths was painful and in some places it was a job to get through and stay on the path itself.
This area looks to have been neglected for longer than the rest of the village and I would deem this a no go area. The only alternative is to ride on the road.
Rough surface and the path peters out.
Hedge overgrown - wheelchairs cannot get past unless half on grass.