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Footpath and pavement is overgrown

Reported in the Restricted Visibility / Overgrown / Overhanging category anonymously at 16:36, Tuesday 10 September 2019

Sent to Northamptonshire County Council 4 minutes later. ref: 1762967.

Footpath and pavements are overgrown with brambles and bushes. Large trees are overhanging and a trunk has been cut and branches are growing out of it. Whole row of overgrown bushes and tree may cause a problem with the wind changes and may become a hazard for large branches. Has not been cut for almost 10 year ago.

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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 16:40, Tuesday 10 September 2019

  • Tree is danger on public footpath KN7

    Various other bushes along length of 1 Pagnell Court are obstructing the public footpath (KN7) and overhanging the pavement in Pagnell Court

    State changed to: Open

    Posted by Paul Parker at 17:17, Tuesday 10 September 2019

  • 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 13:47, Wednesday 11 September 2019

  • Thank you for your enquiry. Public Footpath KN6 that runs adjacent to Pagnell Court was inspected on 11-9-19. This footpath was found to be accessible for pedestrians. For your information the hedges and trees adjacent to this Public Right of Way are the responsibility of the landowner to maintain. In this instance Northamptonshire County Council is not the landowner.

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 13:58, Wednesday 11 September 2019

  • Sirs

    I am not clear that you have understood the issue that is presenting a sever risk here. The overhanging trees have already been subject to some heavy branch fall onto the footpath - indeed, your operatives had to come and cut this to remove it. Further branches are also in poor condition and represent a risk to the public for which you have a duty of care when they are on the footpath.

    Similarly, the overgrown nature of the bushes over the pavement in Pagnell Court presents a similar risk - again, an area that you are expected o ensure is safe.

    Photographs of this area have been provided.

    Given you believe the landowner (presumably Kier Homes) has a responsibility for this maintenance, please confirm that you will be taking this matter up with them, before an injury or fatality occurs.

    Posted anonymously at 08:26, Thursday 12 September 2019

  • Following a review this issue is not a Northamptonshire County Council responsibility.

    State changed to: not the council's responsibility

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 10:24, Thursday 12 September 2019

  • 1 disagree with your position - please advise how this matter can be escalated

    Posted anonymously at 08:10, Friday 13 September 2019

  • Thank you for your enquiry. Public Footpath KN6 that runs adjacent to Pagnell Court was inspected on 11-9-19. This footpath was found to be accessible for pedestrians. For your information the hedges and trees adjacent to this Public Right of Way are the responsibility of the landowner to maintain. In this instance Northamptonshire County Council is not the landowner. Thank you for your update received on 12-9-19. A letter has been sent to the relevant landowner detailing the concerns set out in your response. Further to your correspondence, if you would like to discuss this matter further please ring 01604 883400 and request to speak to the Area 3 Rights of Way Officer.

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 08:30, Friday 13 September 2019

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