Wallingford Street wall saga builds momentum

Herald Series: Wantage town councillor Jenny Hannaby Wantage town councillor Jenny Hannaby

TWO councils are continuing to shift responsibility for repairing a 40ft stretch of wall falling into the road in Wantage.

Residents fear the wall, by a footpath in Wallingford Street, might not be repaired for years because of confusion over ownership.

Oxfordshire County Council (OCC) closed the path in January after Vale of White Horse District Council’s builders expert found it was unsafe.

The Vale said it was the county’s responsibility to find the wall’s owners to gain payment for the repairs.

Now, OCC says it owns half the wall, but leases the land it is part of to the Stirlings Care Home, which is carrying out repairs, and the Vale is “in discussion” with the private owners of the other half.

But the Vale has refused to comment to the Oxford Mail about who the owners are or what discussions are taking place.

Wantage town councillor Jenny Hannaby said: “For 10 years we’ve been trying to get someone to look at this wall, but it has got worse in the last five. If they couldn’t find out who owns it in the past five years, how are they going to do it in the next five?”

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6:45am Tue 10 Jun 14

Myron Blatz says...

Of course they are - once one or more do any work, they become liable, and local authorities are well-known for always trying to get out of either liability or responsibility, especially in these times of perpetual government and council cutbacks in spending and money.
Of course they are - once one or more do any work, they become liable, and local authorities are well-known for always trying to get out of either liability or responsibility, especially in these times of perpetual government and council cutbacks in spending and money. Myron Blatz
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10:32am Tue 10 Jun 14

Quentin Walker says...

'"...Wantage town councillor Jenny Hannaby said: “For 10 years we’ve been trying to get someone to look at this wall, but it has got worse in the last five. If they couldn’t find out who owns it in the past five years, how are they going to do it in the next five?”...'

Perhaps the councillor should read the story. Both owners have been found.
'"...Wantage town councillor Jenny Hannaby said: “For 10 years we’ve been trying to get someone to look at this wall, but it has got worse in the last five. If they couldn’t find out who owns it in the past five years, how are they going to do it in the next five?”...' Perhaps the councillor should read the story. Both owners have been found. Quentin Walker
  • Score: 3

10:32am Tue 10 Jun 14

Quentin Walker says...

'"...Wantage town councillor Jenny Hannaby said: “For 10 years we’ve been trying to get someone to look at this wall, but it has got worse in the last five. If they couldn’t find out who owns it in the past five years, how are they going to do it in the next five?”...'

Perhaps the councillor should read the story. Both owners have been found.
'"...Wantage town councillor Jenny Hannaby said: “For 10 years we’ve been trying to get someone to look at this wall, but it has got worse in the last five. If they couldn’t find out who owns it in the past five years, how are they going to do it in the next five?”...' Perhaps the councillor should read the story. Both owners have been found. Quentin Walker
  • Score: 1

3:51pm Thu 12 Jun 14

Wolf Pack says...

They wont do a thing until someone gets hurt or killed then they will rebuild it when the horse has bolted as always.
They wont do a thing until someone gets hurt or killed then they will rebuild it when the horse has bolted as always. Wolf Pack
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