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Blocked Footpath

Reported via desktop in the Passage-Obstructed/Overgrown category anonymously at 09:27, Fri 6 November 2020

Sent to Northamptonshire Highways less than a minute later. ref: 2373545.

When trying to walk the Nene Way from Kislingbury to Upton yesterday, I found it was blocked by two housing developments. One starting from the Pineham Road and going back towards Upton and another starting at the Upton end and working to meet the other halfway. So it is no longer possible to walk the Nene Way all through. I thought that national footpaths like this could not just be ploughed up by developers at will, perhaps you could clarify this? Secondly, if this is in fact legal, why is there no indication of an alternative route or an apology/explanation for walkers trying to get through?

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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 09:27, Fri 6 November 2020

  • The footpath in question is LB5. The developer is committing a criminal offence by blocking this footpath without the necessary diversion order in place. They should be dealt with accordingly as a matter of urgency. Absolutely disgusting how they have been able to get away with this for so long

    Posted anonymously at 14:48, Sun 15 November 2020

  • Still blocked

    Posted anonymously at 08:05, Thu 3 December 2020

  • Thank you for contacting the County Council regarding this footpath. we are advised that there is a valid diversion in place and it is the developers responsibility to ensure that this is signed. they are working with the developer to ensure the signage is correct. We apologise for the disruption whilst this is sorted out.

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 13:14, Thu 3 December 2020

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