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Bridge not safely maintained. Horse leg fell through bridge

Reported in the Bridge-Damaged/ Missing category anonymously at 11:03, Wednesday 5 August 2020

Sent to Northamptonshire County Council less than a minute later. ref: 2231567.

I was riding my horse in walk along the bridleway from Ashley to Wire Lane. I was crossing in walk the second of the bridges when my horse put his hind leg through the bridge and he went down up to his hock. It was extremely lucky and fortunate that both my horse and I were not seriously injured as I reacted quickly and kicked my horse forward. However I have had to have short term treatment on him but as yet do not know the longer term issues. I would be pleased if you could send me details of your insurers so that I can make a claim for treatment and negligence.

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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 11:03, Wednesday 5 August 2020

  • Works have been instructed to make the site safe. Please email highways@northamptonshire.gov.uk to obtain a public liability claim form.

    State changed to: Action scheduled

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 13:14, Wednesday 5 August 2020

  • The bridge has been blocked off by pallets at each end. 'Do not cross' has been scrawled on them - it looks like the writing is already fading. Two points - 1: Apart from the hole ( a single broken plank), the bridge appears quite safe to cross, so just a proper notice (asking people to take care) at each side would be more appropriate. 2: There is no notice of the closure at each end of the route (on Middleton Road or Wire Lane) - it's a long way to walk to find the route blocked.

    Posted anonymously at 12:17, Saturday 15 August 2020

  • This report is under further investigation.

    State changed to: Under further investigation

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 12:18, Saturday 15 August 2020

  • We rode across this bridleway the other day to find the bridge blocked off by pallets and we were unable to cross (seeing the hole it's very dangerous to cross with horses without being fixed!), we then rode up the hedgerow to come back down the other side to carry along the bridleway but were told in no uncertain terms by the gamekeeper we should nit be doing that and not to do it again.

    It's a very long way to ride to find we have to turn back and a lot of horse riders use this route regularly-this is our main route to and from the stables to avoid the roads.

    Can you please advise when the bridge will be fixed and if we can go up the hedgerow to come back down the other side in the mean time.

    This has been blocked for a few weeks now.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted anonymously at 14:52, Tuesday 18 August 2020

  • I can confirm that Northamptonshire Highways are not responsible for blocking off this bridge, enquiries will be made into this matter. Works have been instructed for the bridge to be replaced week commencing 24/08/2020.

    State changed to: Action scheduled

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 11:03, Wednesday 19 August 2020

  • Many thanks for the prompt reply and help with this issue.

    Can you please update when the works have been fixed and also could the bridge on the same bridleway (further on towards Ashley village) also be checked over to ensure this is safe?

    Do we have permission to ride up the hedgerow to double back to the bridleway while the bridge is blocked?

    Posted anonymously at 15:42, Wednesday 19 August 2020

  • This report is under further investigation.

    State changed to: Under further investigation

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 15:42, Wednesday 19 August 2020

  • There doesnt appear to have been any progress on repairing/replacing the bridge and it's still blocked off. Can you give an update please?

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted anonymously at 15:38, Wednesday 26 August 2020

  • This bridge was replaced on 25/08/2020, it is open and fully accessible.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 11:39, Thursday 27 August 2020

  • Thank you for reporting a fault on the highway, the highways team have now resolved the issue.

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 15:25, Tuesday 1 September 2020

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