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Footpath now virtually impassible due to overgrown vegetation

Reported in the Restricted Visibility / Overgrown / Overhanging category anonymously at 18:50, Mon 18 November 2019

Sent to Northamptonshire County Council 5 minutes later. ref: 1852108.

Previously raised under 1662431, 1740038 and I see now more recently by another person.

The footpath along the Alcura boundary in Caswell Road is impassible in a number of places forcing pedestrians and cyclists to take to the muddy verge (used to be grass). It was noted that a letter was sent to the landlord back in August and had action been taken then, the verge could have been saved but NOTHING has been done at all. If the landlord will not maintain the vegetation, can you please provide their contact information so that pedestrians may send their cleaning (shoes) and dry cleaning (trousers & coats) bills to them for reimbursement?

Although there is very little growing at present, this will soon change in the coming months, but in the meantime the verge will suffer even further damage through the winter and the current condition is totally unacceptable for pedestrians walking to work.

The accident risk here is very high both for pedestrians slipping over, but potentially a cyclist could lose control when attempting to ride through mud and potentially fall into the road in front of a vehicle. Ok, this footpath is not a cycle way, but it is evident from the marks in the mud that people ignore this and do cycle along this path.

Had action been taken when the issue was first raised three months ago, all these problems could have been avoided.

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  • Thank you for reporting a fault. 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 18:55, Mon 18 November 2019

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 20:59, Mon 16 December 2019

  • No action whatsoever has been taken by either the Council nor the Landlord to address this problem. Vegetation is now showing signs of new growth and it won't be long before this pathway is completely blocked.

    Posted anonymously at 18:15, Wednesday 15 January 2020
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • Letters have been sent to the property owner to request that they cut back the vegetation. Notice served 17.01.20.

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 14:04, Friday 17 January 2020

  • How long do the landlords have to respond to the notice served?

    Posted anonymously at 14:51, Tuesday 11 February 2020

  • Absolutely nothing has been done by the Landlord to address this problem. I imagine they have a duty to maintain access to the public footpaths alongside their property and they are failing in this duty completely. This problem was brought to their attention 6 months ago now. Surely further action against the Landlord must now be a consideration.

    Posted anonymously at 18:25, Thursday 13 February 2020
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • Letters have been sent to the property owner to request that they cut back the vegetation. Notice served 17.01.20. The works are due to be undertaken 22nd/23rd Feb.

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 15:14, Wednesday 19 February 2020

  • Just a note to say thank you for keeping on at the landlord, the pathway has been cleared and feels so much wider and passable now. I do hope this prompts the landlord to maintain that landscaping too rather than just reacting to complaints.

    Posted anonymously at 09:14, Wednesday 26 February 2020

  • Letters have been sent to the property owner to request that they cut back the vegetation. Notice served 17.01.20. The works are due to be undertaken 22nd/23rd Feb. Site visit undertaken 26.02.20 all the vegetation has been removed.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 08:39, Thursday 27 February 2020

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