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Footpath obstructed by overgrowing vegetation.

Reported via desktop in the Restricted Visibility / Overgrown / Overhanging category by Lois Margaret Johnston at 17:31, Wednesday 6 October 2021

Sent to Northamptonshire Highways less than a minute later. ref: 3046306.

The hedge bordering the length of Pytchley Drive has been becoming more overgrown over a long period of time. 20+ years ago the upper part of this hedge was maintained by the adjoining school but when this arrangement ceased, the hedge deteriorated and began to spread over the verge and increase considerably in height, causing the footpath to become virtually unusable. At the top end, the Laurel, now around 20 feet high is leaning on the school fence which could cause a security problem for the school. It is also encroaching on the adjoining property. The problem has been reported to the local Parish Council in the past few years, which has done its best within its financial constraints. However, the problem is getting worse - practically the whole length of the footpath from the junction to The Leys to the top of Pytchley Drive is unsafe for all pedestrians and the upper half is unusable for the very elderly residents of the top cul de sac due to moss, decaying leaves, falling vegetation and overhanging branches. We would be most grateful if the relevant authority could give this problem priority before it becomes completely out of hand.

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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 17:31, Wednesday 6 October 2021

  • State changed to: In progress

    Updated by Northamptonshire Highways at 11:59, Tuesday 12 October 2021

  • This report has been assessed and a job for repair has been raised.

    State changed to: Action scheduled

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 12:00, Tuesday 12 October 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.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 12:04, Tuesday 12 October 2021

  • This report has been assessed and a job for repair has been raised.

    State changed to: Action scheduled

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 12:06, Tuesday 12 October 2021

  • Thank you for your enquiry. We understand that you have concerns about the condition of the vegetation on Pytchley Drive. Whilst we appreciate your comments, the location of the vegetation that you have identified is not on the adopted highway. Therefore, it is the responsibility of the private landowner to maintain. Nevertheless, we can confirm that any carriageway defects, that meet our specification for repair, will be resolved within 6 months’ time.

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 13:03, Tuesday 12 October 2021

  • Your report states that the vegetation is not on the adopted highway. However, this verge was mown by the council for some time before it became overgrown, so could you explain what has changed? The school does not accept responsibility and the boundary is bordering on public highway. Can there be a further private landowner between the two bodies? We would be pleased if you could explain this.

    Posted by Lois Margaret Johnston at 18:15, Tuesday 12 October 2021

  • This report is under further investigation.

    State changed to: Under further investigation

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 18:15, Tuesday 12 October 2021

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