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Double gate and overgrown hedge

Reported via mobile in the Gate - Damaged/ Missing category anonymously at 07:30, Mon 8 November 2021

Sent to Northamptonshire Highways less than a minute later. ref: 3110030.

This is a double gate. Impsissibbe to do both from a horse. The wooden gate has been unhinged which makes things easier. The remaining gate is a metal sheep hurdle type of gate. It is hung so you can’t open it and slams shut in about 1 second if you can get it open.

Yesterday I got my young horse stuck in it. My friend had managed to get through after about 10 attempts but it slammed against her horse too.

As it is an overgrown double gate my young horse was upset because he couldn’t see the other horse and we then had to attempt to open it ourselves. Just the separation is dangerous.

I got him caught in it. THIS IS VERY VERY DANGEROUS.

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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 07:31, Mon 8 November 2021

  • Thanks for reporting this a site visit has been made and we are currently still investigating to get the gate cleared and see if we can get one of the gates removed to make better access and will respond back to you within the next 10 days

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 10:04, Mon 15 November 2021

  • You were updating in. 10 days but this was over a month ago. Please can you update on case 3110030

    Posted anonymously at 23:04, Thu 16 December 2021

  • This report is under further investigation.

    State changed to: Under further investigation

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 23:04, Thu 16 December 2021

  • I took these photos on 15th September - this is a narrow overgrown gateway with two gates in a hedge between two fields. A metal gate has been added to the entrance to the next field on one side of hedge despite the fact there is already a bridleway gate in the hedge. Although the bridleway gate is open - in effect there are now two gates. The metal gate is very difficult to open on horseback and swings back quickly whilst trying to pass though it and would appear not be necessary. It’s not possible to turn your horse sideways to open the metal gate whilst standing inside the hedge as too narrow and overgrown which makes opening the metal gate even more difficult. Any news regarding a possible resolution please?

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted anonymously at 15:55, Tue 4 January 2022

  • This is now not passable by horse which is UTTERLY unacceptable, should I now take my horse along this route, I now have no choice but to trespass, I can not turn around because I cannot safely go down the hill just along the path which I have also reported and nothing has been done.

    One of the gates are now jammed shut, there is DANGEROUS overgrown blackthorn which at rider height could caught cause serious damage, whilst fighting with the second gate my horse was inches from falling down the ditch when backing up after getting frustrated with the gate not opening!!!

    I demand the update which was not provided when promised months ago!

    Posted anonymously at 12:18, Wed 26 January 2022

  • This is still problematic. The wooden gate that had been removed is back in place. It has been jammed on top of the broken mechanism and will nit open. The badly hung metal sheep gate is open. This slams shut and is difficult to open as it has been hung on an angle. No idea why it is currently open but I guess it is because the gates are u der investigation. One of the gates needs to be removed. If the metal one stays it needs to be rehung.

    The blackthorn is at a dangerous height when you are sat six feet up. This applies to horses and humans alike. It needs cutting back.

    There is a ditch either side between the gates which horses can easily fall into. My friend nearly fell in with her horse last week. Please can both side be fenced in some way to avoid injury.

    These poorly maintained gateway needs attention before the is a nasty accident.

    Posted anonymously at 00:28, Wed 9 February 2022

  • Additional photos relating to the above updat. Please can you advise if this will be looked at on the 14th Gen when the RoW officer is reviewing the banks at the opposite end of the field?

    Posted anonymously at 00:32, Wed 9 February 2022

  • Thanks for reporting this a site visit has been made and we are currently still investigating to get the gate cleared and see if we can get one of the gates removed to make better access and will respond back to you within the next 10 days . Thanks for reporting this we have made another site visit to the location and conditions have changed, we are now arranging for the metal gate to be re hung on new posts and long latch fitted to provide improved access. We will also be removing the second wooden gate, cutting back the vegetation and wire fence that is in the enclosed section between the gates to provide more room. We are intending that this work will all be completed by the end of March if not sooner. Thanks for your patience.

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 09:05, Fri 11 February 2022

  • As part of a system review we have noted that this report has remained open and we have now closed the report to future updates.

    If for any reason you believe that the report should not have been closed please raise a new report.

    Please provide the old reference number and an explanation as to why you believe the report should not have been closed so we can investigate this further.

    State changed to: Closed

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 13:55, Tuesday 21 March 2023

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