Car that had blocked access to Brampton Valley Way in Northampton since October removed over arson risk

The car that was blocking the gap between the two walls off Coverdale in Kingsthorpe.
The car that was blocking the gap between the two walls off Coverdale in Kingsthorpe.

A car that blocked people from getting to Brampton Valley Way in Northampton has been removed by the fire service.

The Chron reported last month that the 30-metre-long strip of land off Coverdale in Kingsthorpe had been blocked by a car, with only inches on either side for pedestrians to pass.

The strip is owned by the family of former councillor Ifty Choudary, who said they feared the regular use would see it become a public right of way.

But after the car was damaged, a complaint was made to the Arson Task Force (a team made up of police and fire officers), who have now had it​ ​removed.

Councillor Sally Beardsworth (Lib Dem, Kingsthorpe)​ ​said: “One of the back windows was smashed and we were worried that, with it being fireworks season, somebody might set fire to it.

“It would be really dangerous because there are people’s garages either side, which could well blow up.

“The Arson task force thought it a fire risk and it has now been taken away.”

Meanwhile, as Mr Choudary feared, a number of people in Coverdale and nearby Acre Lane have indeed written to the council to apply to make the strip a public right of way.

However, contrary to Mr Choudarys’ understanding, blocking access to the strip cannot affect the council officer’s decision.

Granting an order, or not, hinges on whether people have already used the land as public access to Brampton Valley Way for 20 years or more.

The applicants state that they have.

If it were to be granted then the Choudary family could appeal, which would trigger a public inquiry.