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Footpath is overgrown. Now neck-high. Teasels, nettles etc

Reported in the Passage-Obstructed/Overgrown category anonymously at 10:12, Thursday 11 July 2019

Sent to Northamptonshire County Council 4 minutes later. ref: 1692559.

Footpath requires mowing. Hay in adjoining field now harvested, so access for mower to footpath is unhindered. Shouldn't be reporting this in July .... footpath has been "overgrown" for well over a month.

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  • Thank you for reporting a fault on the highway. We will use the information you have provided to assess and prioritise this fault in accordance with our published response times for fault reports.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 10:15, Thursday 11 July 2019

  • Photos taken this morning 12.7.19

    Posted anonymously at 07:42, Friday 12 July 2019

  • New photo on 24th July. Children should wear eye protection. Adults should be wary of being tripped by tangled undergrowth.

    Posted anonymously at 07:54, Wednesday 24 July 2019

  • Landowner contacted- clearance works to be carried out.

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 13:59, Thursday 25 July 2019

  • Tripped up by grass whilst running along footpath, sustaining soft tissue damage. Path is very overgrown, resulting in excessive nettle stings.

    Posted anonymously at 08:33, Sunday 28 July 2019

  • I have just walked along this path as a visitor to Oundle from Cornwall. I am disappointed to see the state of this footpath . I was very much looking forward to walking with my family and we are now nursing stings from the overgrown nettles.

    Posted anonymously at 11:22, Friday 2 August 2019

  • Still no change. This seems ridiculous to a casual observer. The path only needs mowing once a year. Putting it off until August does not save anything next year - the new growth will return the same whether mowed in August or June of the previous year (perhaps even stronger as the roots will have built up a bigger store for the winter, leading to stronger regrowth in the spring?).

    Posted anonymously at 21:02, Monday 5 August 2019

  • No change. There seems no action to maintain this section. This problem is of the landowner's making when they put up the fence without any style/gate to enable walkers/dogs to avoid the unmaintained area when it is impassable. Other fields have no problem as the footpath is mown along with the hay.

    Posted anonymously at 15:19, Saturday 10 August 2019

  • Spot the difference? The difference is that the path is now slippery mud as the sun does not get through to dry it or to encourage grass to grow and stabilise the path. I would not take a child on this path, nor attempt it myself without thick leg covering and possibly a walking pole. Now almost a month since "Landowner contacted- clearance works to be carried out." When?

    Posted anonymously at 08:29, Tuesday 20 August 2019

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