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Unpermitted works obstructing

Reported via mobile in the Pavement and Cycle path category anonymously at 13:35, Monday 20 May 2024

Sent to Central Bedfordshire Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 406943.

Unpermitted works at Windmill Cottage obstructing vehicles and pedestrians. The trench next to the footpath on the right of the photo has an unprotected edge - depth is approximately 700-900mm deep down. There is some heras fening along part of the footpath but the second half is unprotected. Vehicle blocking carriageway - double white lines should not be crossed but vehicles were crossing anyway to get round the parked vehicle. Excavated much was on the carriageway but one of our operatives encouraged the house owner to move it onto their property which they were just finishing as per one of the attached photos. Owner was unaware that a permit would be required re the carriageway. Also the excavation alongside the footpath could potentially affect the structural integrity of the footpath. However, the ground is clay and unlikely to subside. However, no formal assessment was carried out so we don't know this for sure. The owner had a cooperative attitude which is a positive thing but was completely unaware of his responsibilities re permit and his role as a client instructing works.

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  • State changed to: Investigating

    Updated by Central Bedfordshire Council at 13:35, Monday 20 May 2024

  • Thank you for submitting your Highways report.
    Due to current budget constraints, we are having to prioritise repairs for defects that pose higher risks in accordance with our Network Management Maintenance Plan assessment criteria, the details of which can be found online http://www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/ transport/ roads-strategies/ highways-asset-management.aspx

    After inspecting the reported issue, our engineers have determined that this doesn't currently feature as a priority for repair. Rest assured, we'll continue to monitor the defect during future inspections. We appreciate your understanding and thank you for your report.

    Many thanks,
    Central Bedfordshire Council Highways

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Central Bedfordshire Council at 09:10, Monday 17 June 2024

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