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Footpath sign missing and route obstructed and overgrown.

Reported via desktop in the Passage-Obstructed/Overgrown category anonymously at 08:28, Tue 9 November 2021

Sent to Northamptonshire Highways less than a minute later. ref: 3112421.

Whilst out walking this weekend we were unable to use the above footpath.

The first thing we noticed was the 'footpath' sign on Ecton Lane was missing or not visible as it has been in the past. We then spotted a sign on the stile which read 'guard dog, enter at your own risk'. Once through the first small paddock we noticed that someone had erected a small post and wire fence down the side of the next field, presumably to channel any walkers, not put off by the dog warning, down the side of the field and not a little over where the footpath appears to be on the OS maps. This wouldn't have been a problem apart from the fact that the fenced off section hasn't been maintained in any way and was completely over grown and impassable so that we had to turn back the way we came.

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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 08:29, Tue 9 November 2021

  • A couple more photos that didn't upload the first time

    Posted anonymously at 10:01, Tue 9 November 2021

  • Thank you for your enquiry. I can confirm that the landowner has been contacted regarding this matter. Improvement/clearance works are to be carried out to along this path within the next 28 days.

    State changed to: Under investigation - Highways Act

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 12:52, Tue 9 November 2021

  • The issue at Ecton Lane end seem to have been sorted out but the fenced off area you assume the land owner intends walkers to use is still mostly overgrown and impassable and the style is blocked by undergrowth and the post and wire fence

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted anonymously at 16:01, Mon 20 December 2021

  • This report is under further investigation.

    State changed to: Under further investigation

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 16:01, Mon 20 December 2021

  • Thank you for your comments/update. We can confirm that due to issues identifying the landowner responsible, the works required to bring this footpath up to the specification required on the rights of way network will be undertaken Northamptonshire Highways.

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 14:40, Wed 22 December 2021

  • Thanks for the update. Once this footpath (TT2) reaches Church Lane, the is supposed to be anther footpath (TT3) that starts directly opposite and travels but there is no trace of a sign or even a gap in the hedge.

    Posted anonymously at 15:18, Wed 22 December 2021

  • This report is under further investigation.

    State changed to: Under further investigation

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 15:18, Wed 22 December 2021

  • State changed to: In progress

    Updated by Northamptonshire Highways at 09:39, Wed 29 December 2021

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

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 12:51, Wednesday 19 January 2022

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

    State changed to: Action scheduled

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 12:52, Wednesday 19 January 2022

  • Thank you for reporting a fault on the highway, the highways team have now resolved the issue.

    State changed to: Fixed

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 17:45, Friday 25 March 2022

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