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Bridleway and public footpath overgrown and getting impassable

Reported anonymously at 12:56, Fri 2 August 2019

Sent to Hertfordshire County Council and North Hertfordshire District Council 3 minutes later

The public footpath and bridleway which runs east from Great Ashby Way down to the farmer's fields east of the Thames Water pumping Station is badly overgrown. I usually cut this back annually but don't have time this year. In some places the tarmac footpath is completely blocked by weeds, brambles and vegetation. In most of the 1/2 mile length, the trees are overgrown and forcing walkers onto the bridle path from the footpath. NHDC say it's not their problem, but the storm water drain is theirs so I suspect this footpath is too. Will whoever is responsible arrange to cut back both sides of this thoroughfare asap. Do not say it's part of Autumnal works, people want to use it now, during the summer.

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  • Sadly, the County Council seem to think this is acceptable and have no interest in doing anything to the overgrowth along the footpath. Maybe when the two sides of the thoroughfare finally meet and the John O'Conner vehicles can no longer get down the bridleway, they might change their mind. In the meantime we have to share with the horse riders, the illegal motorcycles and the odd motor vehicle that seems to think it's fine to use this route.

    Posted anonymously at 13:34, Fri 30 August 2019
    Still open, via questionnaire

  • Well, I'm confused!!!!! Just walked down here and it seems that the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing at Herts HQ. There has been a half-hearted attempt to resolve the problems of overgrowth, but in a lot of areas unless you walk with a 60 degree list you will still not be able to use the footpath. They have cut back the stuff growing from the ground, but have not trimmed back trees and bushes, especially the thorny ones. maybe they will come back with a machine that cuts back the hedges sometime soon. It's better than what it was, but only 6/10 for effort I'm afraid

    Posted anonymously at 16:48, Fri 30 August 2019

  • No change from last time so I suppose half a job is what we've ended up with. Ho-Hum!!!!

    Posted anonymously at 16:44, Fri 27 September 2019

  • When I lived on Fairfield way I used to regularly maintain the bridle path, free of charge and at my family time expense. Everyone moans about the council not doing it, and no one takes pride in their area anymore. Certainly glad I moved away from there as not one person ever thanked me for my efforts. Great Ashby has become rent Ashby.

    Posted anonymously at 07:00, Sun 17 November 2019

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