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Pavement obstruction by Charging Cable Protectors

This is an issue I literally ran into - one of these across a shared use pavement in my town. I'm posting here to ask for thoughts, experiences and opinions on an issue I am not clear about yet.

The cable protector I came across on my utility cycle, which is a Brompton size e-folder with 16" wheels was the size of a bolt down road-hump across the pavement, and is advertised as a "Pavement Cable Protector".

It is 45mm high and 270mm side to side with 45 degree slopes. The height is the same as a scaffold plank.

Once we get any number of these, these shared pavements will be unusable by my I think, and even more unusable by wheelchair users etc.

Warwickshire Council have published guidance permitting use of these because 'haf their housing stock does not have parking off-street, and denying they have any responsibility in law.

Below is a piece I wrote to highlight the question for Wheels for Wellbeing's Disabled Cycling Activists Network.

I'd welcome any thoughts from anyone.
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Councils are starting to promote use of cable protectors across pavements when charging electric cars.

Warwickshire Council for one are specifically offering advice that these are acceptable, and cable protectors, and have published guidance. This is all the info I have, I have not gone after the EIA, which should exist but I bet does not.

Close to half of Warwickshire’s housing stock has no off-street parking, such as a driveway, which can make the charging of an electric vehicle difficult. In order to address this problem, Warwickshire County Council is allowing residents to place a charging cable across a pedestrian footway (e.g., a pavement) when using a cable protector.

They also specifically say all legal responsibility for any problems caused is down to the owner.

IMO this is a lie, and is directly against the EA Provision of Equal Service, and the PSED - especially when we consider the disruption caused by the 2-5 of these we will end up with for every 10-20 houses in areas where they are needed given charging times.

AFAICS the typical size of "cable protectors" are up to 45mm (2 inches) high, 300mm wide and with 45 degree sloped. Aren't drop kerbs 5mm? And front wheels of a manual wheelchair 75-150mm?

Linked below one of these big ones with 150 reviews.

Looks like a recipe for huge conflict and abuse, and one that Councils will try to slope shoulders on.

HTH,

Warwickshire council article
https://www.warwickshire.gov.uk/news/article/4348/making-electric-vehicl...

Warwickshire guidance
https://api.warwickshire.gov.uk/documents/WCCC-1615347118-1185

Pavement Cable Protector Product Link
https://www.theworkplacedepot.co.uk/pavement-cable-protector

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Warwickshire guidance
"Pavement Cable Protector" Photo and Dimension

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mattw replied to lonpfrb | 1 month ago
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They also pretend they do not have legal responsibilities under:

1 - Equality Act 2010 to provide equal services, and reasonable adjustments for disabled people.
2 - The Pubic Sector Equality Duty, which is proactive.
3 - Highways Act (various) to keep Public Highways unobstructed.

What is interesting is that under HWA LHAs can be forced to take action. Not sure on exact detail, but the Open Spaces Society got this in CROW 2000 when Essex County Council tried to cave in to Nicholas von Hoogstraten rather than make him remove his barn from a Public Footpath.

https://campaignerkate.wordpress.com/the-framfield-footpath-story/

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lonpfrb replied to mattw | 2 months ago
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Huge conflict conflict missed opportunity:

"Cables should be laid flat and never be extended from an upper storey to a vehicle,
nor should they be hung from any street furniture including lamp columns or trees."

Haven't they heard of telegraph poles or power cable regulations already in use...

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