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Insufficient space putting pedestrians as risk.

Reported in the Footway or Footpath category anonymously at 12:29, Wed 16 September 2020

Sent to Rutland County Council less than a minute later

I posted a similar complaint on 4th August about the layout of Oakham market and the risk to pedestrians. To be honest the market made a slight adjustment to their position near to the main road but this is still really unacceptable.

I have attached some photos that I took this Saturday sowing the situation hasn't really changed. There is only enough space for two people to walk together There is np room to two people to pass with 2m gap between The plants and stalls encourage people to move out into the road to pass It is only a matter of time before someone is injured not to mention the lack of attention given to social distancing that seems to have been implemented elsewhere in the town.

I was also disappointed that nobody responded to me when I pointed this out previously.

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  • Thank you for your report. We will investigate this and respond to you within 10 working days. Updates will be posted on IMPORTANT: To report anything dangerous, please call us on: 01572 722577

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Rutland County Council at 12:30, Wed 16 September 2020

  • Hi, I took some more photographs on Saturday. The situation remains unacceptable with insufficient footpath to allow people to pass. Social distancing rules are forcing people right out into the middle of the road and pedestrians are not aware of traffic approaching from behind.

    There was at least 5 metres of space between the fish monger/flower stall and the next stalls on the market. There is absolutely no reason why the stall cannot move further down into the market place.

    The lines drawn onto the market place indicate the limit of parking and follow the line of the existing pathways. There is no reason why the market cannot follow same footprint and keep everyone much safer.

    Posted anonymously at 10:12, Mon 21 September 2020

  • In these photos I have indicated the current line of the footpaths during the week (in bold red) and the line of the market on market days (dotted line). The latter takes pedestrians on the outside of the taxi rank and the delivery area where vans are reversing. Ironically the sign that states 2m distancing (circled in red in the photos) is hidden by the market stalls on market days and this safe passing distance in not achievable on market days under the current layout.

    The market should located behind the line of the normal walkway to keep everyone safe and Covid-compliant.

    Posted anonymously at 13:32, Wed 23 September 2020

  • 4Oakham and Oakham TC have been contacted about this request as this is not the direct responsibility of Rutland County Council. The originator of the enquiry has been contacted.

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by Rutland County Council at 13:05, Wed 25 November 2020

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