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Public footpath obstructed by 3 fences.

Reported in the Passage-Obstructed/Overgrown category anonymously at 15:40, Friday 31 July 2020

Sent to Northamptonshire County Council less than a minute later. ref: 2225186.

The footpath is obstructed at the location shown by an electric fence and at 2 additional points to the north east (approx.) by a second electric fence and a immovable fence panel.

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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 15:41, Friday 31 July 2020

  • Thank you for your enquiry regarding overgrowing vegetation and physical obstruction on the public right of way, reference SE1 in the parish of Whittlebury, on the section from Burcote Wood through Porterswood Farm to Cowpastures Lane in Northamptonshire. We are aware that there are often problems on Northamptonshire’s public rights of way, which are categorised according to their severity and risk; prompting differing response times and investigatory levels that vary significantly depending on the hazards involved. Regrettably we would currently consider this to be a lower priority issue. Northamptonshire Highways can only maintain trees and vegetation that are sited and growing on the public highway. Consequently as the vegetation in question may be from private property, we can only initially discuss the situation in writing with the owners of the land that the natural obstruction is growing from, and the information relating to the metal gate on footpath SE1, for an agreeable resolution to this matter. In addition to this, we are presently undergoing a review of our environmental resources during this growing season and within the current governmental restrictions, but will endeavour to address reported problems of overgrowing trees and vegetation on public rights of way (if the responsibility of the County Council) this year, within the constraints of the Northamptonshire Highways financial budget for 2020/21. Once the ‘lock-down’ restrictions allow safer working and a return to full complement of our resources, we will be in a better position to investigate this matter in more detail and as mentioned earlier take the necessary action with the land owners to get this right of way fully accessible. Thank you once again for letting us know of the obstruction. Please be assured that we are aware of the importance of health and safety during these unprecedented times and we hope the content of this email goes some way to alleviate your concerns.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 09:52, Monday

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