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Overgrown Footpaths

Reported via desktop in the Passage-Obstructed/Overgrown category anonymously at 12:23, Thursday 29 October 2020

Sent to Northamptonshire County Council less than a minute later. ref: 2362353.

In and around Strixton, Wollaston & Bozeat. Unfortunately, the footpaths were very difficult to negotiate because they are all overgrown. This includes the footpaths from Strixton through the quarry and across farmland. They were so difficult to negotiate that my husband got very scratched and very wet. We understand that it is the responsibility of highways to keep these footpaths clear as they are public rights of way. I have attached some photographs so that you can see just how overgrown the footpaths actually are

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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 12:23, Thursday 29 October 2020

  • Thank you for your enquiry, whilst we have taken note of your comments unfortunately unless we know the specific location and issue we cannot take any further action regarding your report. I can confirm that the majority of Public Rights of Way (PRoW) are on private land and are not owned by NCC. The responsibility for maintaining PRoW are shared between NCC and the landowner. In regards to vegetation, the general principle is that NCC would be responsible for the clearance of naturally occurring vegetation, such as weeds and grass etc. A landowner is responsible for clearing vegetation where they have deliberately sown , in effect crops on cross-field paths. Trees and hedges are also generally the landowners responsibility to maintain. Therefore if you can provide us with the specific issue and locations, we would be happy to look into these matters for you.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Northamptonshire County Council at 11:24, Monday 2 November 2020

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