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Overgrown vegetation blocking pathway

Reported in the Restricted Visibility / Overgrown / Overhanging category anonymously at 15:33, Wednesday 21 August 2019

Sent to Northamptonshire County Council 2 minutes later. ref: 1740038.

Originally reported under ref: 1662431 and subsequently closed after partial clearance.

The pathway that runs alongside the Howdens property has indeed been cut back, but the original notification advised this issue ran all the way along the path to the Alcura turning. This length of pathway remains significantly overgrown and continues to get worse week by week. Parts of the path are now 100% covered with approximately 75% of the entire length impassable. Please see the attached photos for the current condition.

Although it may look as though there is plenty of footpath showing, this is less than half as much as there should be. Note in the first picture the growth is now so severe that pedestrians are having to take to the verge to negotiate this and have completely worn away the grass area. This will soon turn to mud come the Autumn if the vegetation is not removed, thus causing further damage and introducing an element of slip risk to pedestrians.

If not the responsibility of the Council to maintain this particular footpath, please take this up with the landlord that has this responsibility.

Thank you for your time and considered attention.

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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 15:35, Wednesday 21 August 2019

  • Thank you for your enquiry. A letter has been sent to the relevant landowner requesting that the overhanging vegetation is cut back. A revisit will be carried out 30 days after receipt of letter.

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 13:49, Thursday 29 August 2019

  • To date, no action has been taken. Several areas are no 100% blocked forcing pedestrians to walk on wet grass or muddy ground. Presumably the 30 day rule has now expired from the receipt of the letter, dependent on when it was sent and received. The condition of this footpath is now totally unacceptable for the time of year. Please followup and escalate to those responsible.

    Posted anonymously at 09:04, Monday 7 October 2019

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