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Overgrown/overhanging tree problems

Reported via desktop in the Restricted Visibility / Overgrown / Overhanging category anonymously at 13:17, Thursday 24 June 2021

Sent to Northamptonshire Highways less than a minute later. ref: 2815559.

Re public footpath from Vine Hill Close, Higham Ferrers, to Riverside Park adjacent to no 20 Vine Hill Close, NN10 8EH. The footpath is very overgrown with brambles and weeds and there is a tree leaning across it from a garden at the end of Meadow Close. There are sharp branches sticking out at adult eye level, and my husband had his face cut by one yesterday, and I have had my face and upper arms scratched by the brambles. The path is also very dangerous in wet weather as the down pipe from the garage at 20 Vine Hill Close discharges into the alleyway and the water had cut a channel in the path, running downhill into Riverside Park, making it very slippery especially on the lower half where there are a lot of exposed roots

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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 13:18, Thursday 24 June 2021

  • Thank you for your enquiry. Your report is important to us. This matter is being investigated further. We will update within the next 10 working days.

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 14:24, Tuesday 29 June 2021

  • Thank you for your enquiry. Our team have inspected this site and no safety issues in relation to the drainage have been found at this location. In regards to the overhanging vegetation, I can confirm that the relevant parties have been contacted. Obstructing vegetation to be cut back within the next 14 days.

    State changed to: Under investigation - Highways Act

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 13:52, Friday 2 July 2021

  • Overflow from 20 Vine Hill Close is still discharging into alley way and a channel has been cut along the entire length of the footpath making it very slippery and unsafe.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted anonymously at 20:24, Sunday 3 October 2021

  • This report is under further investigation.

    State changed to: Under further investigation

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 20:25, Sunday 3 October 2021

  • Thank you for your comments, I can confirm that some routes such as this public footpath have a natural surface and these can vary with location, the weather conditions and the seasons. Due to periods of wet weather it is inevitable that the ground conditions along some paths may increasingly become wet and muddy. We will continue to monitor the conditions of this path to ensure this right of way remains acceptable.

    State changed to: Under investigation - Highways Act

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 14:02, Wednesday 6 October 2021

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