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Trees Overhanging

Reported via desktop in the Restricted Visibility / Overgrown / Overhanging category anonymously at 10:08, Thursday 22 July 2021

Sent to Northamptonshire Highways less than a minute later. ref: 2882568.

Trees over hanging the footpath, in accessible to road users and wheel chair users.

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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 10:08, Thursday 22 July 2021

  • I am an 82 year old mobility scooter user, each time I proceed left out of Woodland Road intoo Washbrook Rad, in order to enter Spencer Park by the bottom entrance I am nearly knocked from the scooter by the volume of bushes hanging over the pavement. This morning my hat was taken off and if I hadn't been wearing glasses my face and my eyes could have been damaged. In addition to this the overgrowth makes the path so narrow it would be easy to be pushed into the road which is a dangerous situation.

    I have tolerated this for the past two weeks but the overgrowth has not been touched. I was told that it isn't the councils policy to cut back hedges until the 1st September but surely this cannot be right when the hedges are encroaching on what is a public right of way?

    Posted anonymously at 09:25, Friday 23 July 2021

  • Thank you for your enquiry and for bringing this matter to our attention. We understand that you have concerns about the condition of the vegetation on this section of footpath adjacent to Washbrook Road. We can confirm that this request has been passed onto Rushden Town Council as it is their responsibility to maintain the verges at this location.

    State changed to: not the council's responsibility

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 14:35, Tuesday 24 August 2021

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