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Footpath ploughed over and planted with crops

Reported via desktop in the Passage-Obstructed/Overgrown category anonymously at 19:39, Fri 2 October 2020

Sent to Northamptonshire Highways less than a minute later. ref: 2322518.

The footpath crossing this field has been ploughed over and not reinstated, instead it is now blocked by crops. I raised this same issue on ticket 2284517 and was told on 15/09/2020 that the landowner had been contacted and would reinstate the path within 2 weeks as dictated by the Countryside Act 1980 Section 134. As of 01/10/2020 the path remians impassable and no attempt has been made to restore the path.

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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 Highways at 19:40, Fri 2 October 2020

  • This path has now been unusable since at least July. Despite repeated attempts to contact both the landowner and the council nothing has been done to reinstate the path. It is a clear breach of the Countryside act 1980 section 134 which states the path should be restored within 2 weeks after ploughing.

    Posted anonymously at 22:06, Fri 30 October 2020
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • As of 27/11/20 this footpath is still impassable. The crops have been harvested and the field re-ploughed, again with no respect for the footpath.

    Posted anonymously at 13:33, Fri 27 November 2020

  • Still open, via questionnaire, 22:51, Fri 27 November 2020

  • Thanks for reporting this a site visit will be made and report back to you

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 10:34, Wed 2 December 2020

  • Still impassible.

    Posted anonymously at 23:01, Fri 25 December 2020
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • This report is under further investigation.

    State changed to: Under further investigation

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 23:01, Fri 25 December 2020

  • Thanks for reporting this a site visit has been made and the land owner has now marked out path with white canes as shown in attached photo, they are unable to spray crop off at present due to ground being to wet and not enough growth.

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 14:20, Thursday 21 January 2021

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