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Overgrown thorny bush now completely blocks the path.

Reported in the Restricted Visibility / Overgrown / Overhanging category anonymously at 08:24, Mon 17 August 2020

Sent to Northamptonshire Highways less than a minute later. ref: 2248737.

This has been overgrown for a long time but I'm reporting it now because it can no longer be 'dodged' now the only way around is to walk into the road or get really good at limbo! To make matters worse, it's a thorny bush so in the dark, if you didn't know it was there you'd get a face full of spiky bush! No one wants that.

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  • That is very dangerous causing children, joggers and wheelchair users to go into the road, at a narrowed point. Needs MORE than a standard 28 day notice. This property has been notified several times before.

    There's a similar hedge 400m up the hill from here, on the other side of the road, plus five hedges blocking around 50% of the path.

    Posted by Dave Gaster at 09:31, Mon 17 August 2020

  • This report is under further investigation.

    State changed to: Under further investigation

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 09:31, Mon 17 August 2020

  • Someone has now cut this back a little bit so is now again passable with care. However, I don't think it was the owner because whoever cut it left the thorny cuttings on the path. I was ok with my shoes on but the same can't be said for my dogs who both ended up with thorns in paws. The cutting back really was only a little bit and this still needs to be addressed please.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted anonymously at 08:18, Wed 26 August 2020

  • I cut that back as the council's contractor KierWSP are so useless at inspection and enforcement. I was wearing shorts & vest type Tee Shirt, using a small pair of secateurs, hence the minimalistic cut back. At least the path is usable for children, elderly and wheelchairs with care now.

    Posted by Dave Gaster at 10:22, Wed 26 August 2020

  • This has been partly cut back now presumably by the owners, it still overhangs the whole path. Please enforce properly!

    Posted by Dave Gaster at 09:12, Wed 16 September 2020

  • 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.

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 09:39, Mon 12 October 2020

  • Thank you for your enquiry the owner of the hedge has now accepted responsibility of the hedge and has promised to take action asap

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 11:38, Mon 21 December 2020

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