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Vegetation heavily overgrown on footpath

Reported via desktop in the Weeds category anonymously at 15:55, Tuesday 17 May 2022

Sent to Northamptonshire Highways less than a minute later. ref: 3532250.

The problem is the overgrown cycleway/footpath on the north side of the a4500 from the great billing roundabout to ecton. the vegetation has encroached so much across what i guess was an originally eight feet wide path that there is no longer room in places for a cyclist to pass a pedestrian or another cyclist safely. there is so much excess vegetation that it will need a small front loader tractor to restore it. (Problem is nearer the Ecton end where I have placed the pin.)

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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 15:56, Tuesday 17 May 2022

  • 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. We appreciate your concerns and can confirm the growth is programmed to be cut back, in the next three months, under our maintenance programme. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 09:30, Tuesday 24 May 2022

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

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 08:28, Wednesday 15 June 2022

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

    State changed to: Action scheduled

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 08:30, Wednesday 15 June 2022

  • Path is unusable to walk on due to heavy overgrowth and stinging nettles stretching from ecton lane entrance to botmead road entrance of the Wellingborough road. Still not cut back as of 28th june 2022. No safe way for pedestrians or cyclists.

    Posted anonymously at 16:38, Tuesday 28 June 2022

  • This report is under further investigation.

    State changed to: Under further investigation

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 16:38, Tuesday 28 June 2022

  • 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. We appreciate your concerns and can confirm the growth is programmed to be cut back, in the next three months, under our maintenance programme. Thank you for your patience and understanding. The work to cut back the vegetation from the footpath will be completed on the 01/09/22 which is the end of nesting season

    State changed to: In progress

    Posted by Northamptonshire Highways at 08:25, Thursday 28 July 2022

  • I have received an email saying this would be fixed in August, many weeks after my original report. Frankly, the provision and maintenance of cyclepaths in this country is abysmal. Do any councillors actually use a bicycle? I have just returned from a cycling holiday from Rotterdam to Dunkirk, and in over 300 miles of excellently maintained wide cyclepaths I saw not a single pothole or any significant stretch of irregularity. Foreign cyclists on a similar holiday in England must think they are going back in time about 100yrs, e.g. the Dover - Canterbury 'cycleway' - a hazardous national embarrassment, as most of it is shared with cars. Much more needs to be done to encourage commuter utility cycling - which would have a good effect on what I have seen to be a most unhealthy incidence of obesity in the community - especially in sedentary office workers. I would suggest councillors and highway planners take a similar fact-finding holiday. If these densely populated countries can do it, why can't we?

    Posted by Dr John Fitton at 10:44, Thursday 28 July 2022

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