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Oak trees too low. Bridleway difficult to use

Reported via mobile in the Passage-Obstructed/Overgrown category anonymously at 15:40, Mon 6 September 2021

Sent to Northamptonshire Highways less than a minute later. ref: 2983156.

The trees on the bridle way are too low to ride underneath. The steep slopes the bridle way crosses are very over grown with a fallen tree

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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 15:41, Mon 6 September 2021

  • Thank you for raising this issue. We have arranged for the area to be inspected and will provide an update by 1st October.

    State changed to: Under investigation - Countryside and Rights of Way Act

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 09:26, Mon 13 September 2021

  • The slopes are very slippy. The owner has cleared one slope but the other is impossible to go down on a horse and needs clearing for access.

    Both ideally need to be rerouted as the slopes are too slippery amd steep for horses

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted anonymously at 23:13, Tue 28 December 2021

  • This report is under further investigation.

    State changed to: Under further investigation

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 23:14, Tue 28 December 2021

  • As the Land Owner I challenged 2 horse riders riding off of the established bridleway. I was informed that the riders had reported an issue with the bridleway, report number 2981859. The riders also informed me that Northants Council advised that they could ride off of the bridleway; the safest route. Having spent time since purchasing the land improving the bridleway this is somewhat disappointing. Is it possible to speak with the Council Officer investigating?

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted anonymously at 14:43, Sun 23 January 2022

  • Thank you for raising this issue. We have arranged for the area to be inspected and will provide an update by 1st October.
    We have now fully assessed the section as being a safety risk for horses and agree that at times during the Autumn/Winter season it can get slippery. To carry out any works to improve the gradient would require significant changes to the natural landscape/terrain utilising earthmoving equipment. We have decided that it is not in the best interests of the natural habitats or is work we would be willing to instruct the land owner to carry out.
    We will therefore monitor the route and potentially apply for a legal order to restrict equestrian use during the worst of the winter months. Although this may not be the answer you had hoped, we thank you for bringing it to our attention.

    State changed to: No further action

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 09:50, Fri 24 June 2022

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