A landowner has blocked people from walking along a path to Brampton Valley Way in Northampton as she feared it may eventually become public land.
The 30-metre-long strip of land, which is off Coverdale in Kingsthorpe, was bought at public auction in 2008 by the family of then-councillor Ifty Choudary.
Walkers have used the land as a path to access the beauty spots beyond for years, but at the weekend a car was parked there leaving only a three-inch gap on either side. A note left on the dashboard reads: ‘Private property. Trespassers will be prosecuted by order of the landowner.’
Mr Choudary yesterday confirmed the car was his daughter’s, who is also the landowner.
He said she acted after a speculative application was made by a member of the public to designate the land as public right of way.
He said: “It is her land and we were prepared to let people use it in good faith, there was no issue. But someone put in this application so we wanted to stop anything that might see it become public.”
Mr Choudary said his family intended to eventually put a gate on the land to prevent free access. It may possibly be attached to the wall built by residents to stop travellers entering the site in 2007.
The car has been reported to police and it is understood that officers called the Choudary family to ask them to move it, partly because it was being damaged by people squeezing past and the alarm had been set off a number of times.
It was still there on Monday afternoon.