Council tells cyclist to fix potholes himself on 'unusable' cycle path

Oxfordshire County Council says they'll supply £10,000 worth of gravel if cyclist carries out work himself

A cycle path near the Lune River

(Image credit: Suloke Mathai/Flickr)

A cyclist from Oxfordshire has expressed his disbelief after being told by his local council that he would have to do the work himself if he wanted basic maintenance done on a local cycle path.

Chris Waites wrote to Oxfordshire County Council to complain about the state of the cycle path between his home in Long Wittenham and his work in Didcot around two miles away, describing the path as completely overgrown and "one big pothole".

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Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.