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Footpath warning

29 October 1999

Footpath warning

NORTHANTS county council has warned it will take action against farmers who obstruct rights of way.

The warning follows the councils successful prosecution of a farmer who allowed a footpath on his land to get obstructed by crops.

At a court hearing earlier this month, the farmer was fined £500 and ordered to pay costs to the county council of £300. Senior rights of way officer Jim Cosford told the court that the path was inspected by a council officer following complaints from members of the public. &#42

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Footpath warning

27 August 1999

Footpath warning

FOOTPATHS and bridleways must be restored after ploughing or farmers risk prosecution and heavy fines for obstructing rights of way, the Country Landowners Association has warned.

"Most farmers are aware of their responsibilities but, at a very busy time of year, it is all too easy to forget to restore a rarely-used footpath after cultivation," said a CLA spokesman.

Under the governments ploughing code, producers must restore cross-field paths which cannot be conveniently avoided, and for which there is a statutory right to plough, within the legal time limit of 14 days of the first disturbance and 24 hours of any subsequent disturbance. &#42

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