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Fence built over public property

Reported in the Restricted Visibility category anonymously at 11:05, Tue 10 December 2019

Sent to Northamptonshire County Council 7 minutes later. ref: 1882017.

Moderated by Northamptonshire County Council at 13:08, Tue 10 December 2019

Fence was built over a drain and ditch which is public property a called logged 2/3 years ago ref PEN 931917 Last update provided on original call was that the owner was sent a letter to remove this fence . The fence was built on the wrong side of the ditch/drainage so this can causing flooding in bad weather
the location is on the road from Ashton village towards Ashton Wold near the byway to the Nene Way. It is part of the southern perimeter fence of a block of woodland that is shown on the FixMyStreet map (image attached).
The specific section of fence that I previously reported and which the council wrote to the owner highlighting the fence is in the incorrect location runs from approximately opposite the byway, east along the road to where it branches north east towards West Lodge.

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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 11:12, Tue 10 December 2019

  • This is part of an ongoing and long-running enforcement issue. Matters of highway encroachment can often take many months to resolve; long periods of nothing happening on site do not mean that nothing is happening.

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 11:51, Thursday 30 January 2020

  • Having just reviewed reports on this site the landowner is surprised to see that this is an ongoing enforcement issue having contacted the highways team after receiving a letter. They spoke to the case officer at least 18 months ago. They disputed the boundary assertion verbally and followed up with a letter. They assert that the riparian responsibility places the boundary is on the edge of the ditch, that the fence is erected correctly on the outside edge of the ditch and does not obstruct or encroach on any part of the public highway. The landowner verbally offered to meet the officer on site. That was agreed to and the officer said they would be in touch. The landowner is still waiting to hear about when a site visit can be arranged. No further contact or correspondence has been received from NCC Highways. Additionally, the allegation that the simple stock proof fencing poses a flooding risk is patently inaccurate. The fencing is simple open wired stock proof fencing which cannot stop water. The landowner awaits a follow up from the highways enforcement team.

    Posted anonymously at 14:11, Wednesday 13 May 2020

  • This is part of an ongoing and long-running enforcement issue. Matters of highway encroachment can often take many months to resolve; long periods of nothing happening on site do not mean that nothing is happening. Update - following inspection on 11/08/20 fence was still observed on site, highway boundary clearly visible behind it. Letter being sent requiring removal in 21 days

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 11:24, Wednesday 12 August 2020

  • Meeting to be held by the end of September to ascertain the extent of the highway and for the obstruction to be removed.

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 14:29, Thursday 10 September 2020

  • These images show some of the old fence line which is 3-5m inside the new fence (running from the north side of byway T junction towards West Lodge ie running SSE). These are largely obscured by regrowth but a careful inspection shows they are also inside an old drainage ditch which runs exactly parallel between the new disputed fence and the old fence line.

    Posted anonymously at 11:59, Tuesday 29 September 2020

  • This report is under further investigation.

    State changed to: Under further investigation

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 11:59, Tuesday 29 September 2020

  • State changed to: Open

    Updated by Northamptonshire County Council at 16:06, Tuesday 29 September 2020

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