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Public footpath from polwell lane/former railway track

Reported via desktop in the Passage-Obstructed/Overgrown category anonymously at 09:44, Thursday 11 March 2021

Sent to Northamptonshire Highways less than a minute later. ref: 2600860.

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Work has already been carried out on trees that have fallen due to the storms along this public footpath. There is a large tree along the edge of the footpath, not within our boundary, whose branches overhand garden at 6A Gotch Road and 6 Gotch Road. During the storms over the years large branches have broken off the tree, falling into our gardens. Many of the branches are brittle due to the ivy choking the tree. Please can we request that the branches that overhang the gardens be cut or better still that the tree be felled?

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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 09:44, Thursday 11 March 2021

  • Thanks for reporting this a site visit has been made and we are currently investigating to see who the land and tree is owned by. We have cleared fallen trees in the past when blocking the path but we do not own the land land and only responsible for ensuring a clear passage. We hope to get back to you within the next 2 weeks.

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 12:19, Wednesday 17 March 2021

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    1st Photo shows the tree overhanging our garden 2nd photo shows the tree behind our boundary 3rd photo shows the tree overhanging our garden

    Posted by Monica Ozdemir at 10:15, Saturday 3 April 2021

  • This report is under further investigation.

    State changed to: Under further investigation

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 10:15, Saturday 3 April 2021

  • Thanks for reporting this a site visit has been made and we are currently investigating to see who the land and tree is owned by. We have cleared fallen trees in the past when blocking the path but we do not own the land land and only responsible for ensuring a clear passage. We hope to get back to you within the next 2 weeks. Thanks again for reporting this, unfortunately we have been unable to find the owner of the land , we will now be asking our contractor to carry out a survey of the tree and see if any work is required, we hope for this to be done in the next 2 to 3 weeks and will report back with what action will be taken.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 11:57, Tuesday 6 April 2021

  • Thank you for getting back to me. The land is owned by Network Rail it is the former railway line Kettering to Cambridge. The track continues along the A14. Under 106 re. the Redrow development the disused railway track was made into a walkway. I hope this helps.

    Posted by Monica Ozdemir at 13:50, Tuesday 6 April 2021

  • This report is under further investigation.

    State changed to: Under further investigation

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 13:51, Tuesday 6 April 2021

  • Hello, I have just been in touch with Network rail who tell me that they only maintain land near live railway lines. They recommended contacting Land Registry but I think we will hit a dead end because the land definitely belonged to 'British Rail'. As the footpath was created and work had been carried out on fallen trees, I assumed that the land had been taken over by NCC. On your map it shows a green route.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Monica Ozdemir at 14:34, Tuesday 6 April 2021

  • 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 08:12, Wednesday 7 April 2021

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