Council pledges to repair Marston pavement

Mick Haines in Nicholas Avenue, Marston

Mick Haines in Nicholas Avenue, Marston

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FEARS have been raised that broken, uneven and cracked pavement slabs could lead to elderly people having falls.

Oxford city councillor for Marston, Mick Haines, has expressed concerns about the state of the pavement in Nicholas Avenue, Marston.

He said the council was not aware of any tripping accidents, but he knew of ‘near accidents’.

Mr Haines, who sits on the council as an independent, said: “People that live down there are desperate for this to be repaired.

“People have had near accidents and they would rather walk on the road than the pavement because it is unsafe – someone could easily trip over it.

“It’s a concrete pavement and needs doing properly once rather than a small bit here and there.”

An Oxfordshire County Council spokesman said it was maintained by the city council, but an inspector would carry out an assessment and temporary repairs would be made if necessary.

Money would be put aside to carry out permanent repairs in the next financial year.

 

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7:56am Tue 2 Sep 14

mytaxes says...

...... could lead to elderly people having falls."

What an ageist statement. Anyone is likely to trip or stumble when pavements are in a bad state of repair not just the elderly. The elderly are more likely to be more careful on uneven pavements.
...... could lead to elderly people having falls." What an ageist statement. Anyone is likely to trip or stumble when pavements are in a bad state of repair not just the elderly. The elderly are more likely to be more careful on uneven pavements. mytaxes
  • Score: 1

7:59am Tue 2 Sep 14

Joe Chapman says...

Oxford is generally not a good place for being a pedestrian, young or old.
Oxford is generally not a good place for being a pedestrian, young or old. Joe Chapman
  • Score: 1

8:01am Tue 2 Sep 14

Joe Chapman says...

mytaxes wrote:
...... could lead to elderly people having falls."

What an ageist statement. Anyone is likely to trip or stumble when pavements are in a bad state of repair not just the elderly. The elderly are more likely to be more careful on uneven pavements.
It's not ageist, it's good sense.

Young people repair themselves easier.

Elderly can't necessarily be more careful. Well, not strictly true, they can just not go out. Which sadly, many don't go out.

Have a heart.
[quote][p][bold]mytaxes[/bold] wrote: ...... could lead to elderly people having falls." What an ageist statement. Anyone is likely to trip or stumble when pavements are in a bad state of repair not just the elderly. The elderly are more likely to be more careful on uneven pavements.[/p][/quote]It's not ageist, it's good sense. Young people repair themselves easier. Elderly can't necessarily be more careful. Well, not strictly true, they can just not go out. Which sadly, many don't go out. Have a heart. Joe Chapman
  • Score: 2

8:23am Tue 2 Sep 14

Poshbird35 says...

If Mick had not waste his money on lighting up places that do not need to be lit, and placing public benches where hardly anyone would want to sit on them, then their may have been the money to have kept the pavements up to scratch.

Prioritising what is needed to be done is far more important than what people would 'like' to be done.
If Mick had not waste his money on lighting up places that do not need to be lit, and placing public benches where hardly anyone would want to sit on them, then their may have been the money to have kept the pavements up to scratch. Prioritising what is needed to be done is far more important than what people would 'like' to be done. Poshbird35
  • Score: 2

8:25am Tue 2 Sep 14

Dilligaf2010 says...

That concrete pavement looks to me like it's made of tarmac ;-p
That concrete pavement looks to me like it's made of tarmac ;-p Dilligaf2010
  • Score: 0

9:16am Tue 2 Sep 14

Sid Hunt says...

Dilligaf2010 wrote:
That concrete pavement looks to me like it's made of tarmac ;-p
That is where it has been patched. The footpaths have not been attended to for over forty years except for some bodged patching. Those that need walking aids have to use the road as the surface is far more level.
Several of the concrete 'parking' pads which have just been laid are above the level of the footpath and create further trip hazards.
Lewell Avenue had the footpath and verge replaced with a new tarmac surface a couple of years ago, perhaps the councillors could explain why this has not been done in Nicholas Avenue also instead of the continual bodging.
[quote][p][bold]Dilligaf2010[/bold] wrote: That concrete pavement looks to me like it's made of tarmac ;-p[/p][/quote]That is where it has been patched. The footpaths have not been attended to for over forty years except for some bodged patching. Those that need walking aids have to use the road as the surface is far more level. Several of the concrete 'parking' pads which have just been laid are above the level of the footpath and create further trip hazards. Lewell Avenue had the footpath and verge replaced with a new tarmac surface a couple of years ago, perhaps the councillors could explain why this has not been done in Nicholas Avenue also instead of the continual bodging. Sid Hunt
  • Score: 0

11:00am Tue 2 Sep 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Perhaps what should happen is that the road is widened to allow more on-street parking with parking meters installed? A good source of income for our local authority and most of the houses in the street have drives anyway so it won't affect the locals.
Perhaps what should happen is that the road is widened to allow more on-street parking with parking meters installed? A good source of income for our local authority and most of the houses in the street have drives anyway so it won't affect the locals. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 0

1:12pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Poshbird35 says...

Andrew:Oxford wrote:
Perhaps what should happen is that the road is widened to allow more on-street parking with parking meters installed? A good source of income for our local authority and most of the houses in the street have drives anyway so it won't affect the locals.
So if the people that live there mainly have driveways, and would then use them as opposed to paying at a meter. and the roads were widened to allow more on street parking with said meters...Who would be actually be parking on this grand scheme of yours??

And how would this benefit the pavements?! It would be a road with a lot of empty parking bays in it!
[quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: Perhaps what should happen is that the road is widened to allow more on-street parking with parking meters installed? A good source of income for our local authority and most of the houses in the street have drives anyway so it won't affect the locals.[/p][/quote]So if the people that live there mainly have driveways, and would then use them as opposed to paying at a meter. and the roads were widened to allow more on street parking with said meters...Who would be actually be parking on this grand scheme of yours?? And how would this benefit the pavements?! It would be a road with a lot of empty parking bays in it! Poshbird35
  • Score: 1

5:43pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

Poshbird35 wrote:
Andrew:Oxford wrote:
Perhaps what should happen is that the road is widened to allow more on-street parking with parking meters installed? A good source of income for our local authority and most of the houses in the street have drives anyway so it won't affect the locals.
So if the people that live there mainly have driveways, and would then use them as opposed to paying at a meter. and the roads were widened to allow more on street parking with said meters...Who would be actually be parking on this grand scheme of yours??

And how would this benefit the pavements?! It would be a road with a lot of empty parking bays in it!
These streets are within a short walking distance of major employers - so much so that a CPZ is being considered.
[quote][p][bold]Poshbird35[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: Perhaps what should happen is that the road is widened to allow more on-street parking with parking meters installed? A good source of income for our local authority and most of the houses in the street have drives anyway so it won't affect the locals.[/p][/quote]So if the people that live there mainly have driveways, and would then use them as opposed to paying at a meter. and the roads were widened to allow more on street parking with said meters...Who would be actually be parking on this grand scheme of yours?? And how would this benefit the pavements?! It would be a road with a lot of empty parking bays in it![/p][/quote]These streets are within a short walking distance of major employers - so much so that a CPZ is being considered. Andrew:Oxford
  • Score: 0

6:21pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Poshbird35 says...

Andrew:Oxford wrote:
Poshbird35 wrote:
Andrew:Oxford wrote:
Perhaps what should happen is that the road is widened to allow more on-street parking with parking meters installed? A good source of income for our local authority and most of the houses in the street have drives anyway so it won't affect the locals.
So if the people that live there mainly have driveways, and would then use them as opposed to paying at a meter. and the roads were widened to allow more on street parking with said meters...Who would be actually be parking on this grand scheme of yours??

And how would this benefit the pavements?! It would be a road with a lot of empty parking bays in it!
These streets are within a short walking distance of major employers - so much so that a CPZ is being considered.
So your saying that the roads in this area should be made into an employees car park?? I am sure that would please residents!!

Besides, how does this affect the pavements?? Apart from of course making them more narrow!!

I assume by major employers, you are refering to the JR!! Which already supplies staff with permit parking at a reduction.

The best thing they could do when pavements are in such a mess and this also goes for other 'needed' repair is too stop spending money on war memorials, benches, pointless lighting amongst other items, and think about what the community really needs, such as pavements that can be walked upon, Bus shelters being maintained, general landscaping and local service, community centres, schemes for the local residents!!

I am not a Marston resident, but If I was, the last thing I would like money to be spent on is the useless and pointless items that it has been spent on in the last financial year.

The whole idea of the gridding which has been put down now, is because people were parking on grass verges and making a real mess of them when wet. The grids will prevent this, which is a worthwhile spending of money to maintain the image of the area.

CPZ or otherwise will just raise capital for the companies that will mainly be responsible for them, with a fraction going to the council, who in turn will offer (maybe) some to the local councillors which in turn will waste it on even more ridiculous things.
[quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Poshbird35[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Andrew:Oxford[/bold] wrote: Perhaps what should happen is that the road is widened to allow more on-street parking with parking meters installed? A good source of income for our local authority and most of the houses in the street have drives anyway so it won't affect the locals.[/p][/quote]So if the people that live there mainly have driveways, and would then use them as opposed to paying at a meter. and the roads were widened to allow more on street parking with said meters...Who would be actually be parking on this grand scheme of yours?? And how would this benefit the pavements?! It would be a road with a lot of empty parking bays in it![/p][/quote]These streets are within a short walking distance of major employers - so much so that a CPZ is being considered.[/p][/quote]So your saying that the roads in this area should be made into an employees car park?? I am sure that would please residents!! Besides, how does this affect the pavements?? Apart from of course making them more narrow!! I assume by major employers, you are refering to the JR!! Which already supplies staff with permit parking at a reduction. The best thing they could do when pavements are in such a mess and this also goes for other 'needed' repair is too stop spending money on war memorials, benches, pointless lighting amongst other items, and think about what the community really needs, such as pavements that can be walked upon, Bus shelters being maintained, general landscaping and local service, community centres, schemes for the local residents!! I am not a Marston resident, but If I was, the last thing I would like money to be spent on is the useless and pointless items that it has been spent on in the last financial year. The whole idea of the gridding which has been put down now, is because people were parking on grass verges and making a real mess of them when wet. The grids will prevent this, which is a worthwhile spending of money to maintain the image of the area. CPZ or otherwise will just raise capital for the companies that will mainly be responsible for them, with a fraction going to the council, who in turn will offer (maybe) some to the local councillors which in turn will waste it on even more ridiculous things. Poshbird35
  • Score: 1

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