WHAT THE COVENANT HAS TO SAY
So it would appear that in the covenant there is a mention that all works to the garden gates and adjoining footpath are the responsibility of the home owners. A very interesting read :
"That all the before mentioned ways gates of entrance from the said Sowerby and Topcliffe roads respectively with pumps tanks drains and all cisterns locks bolts bars and other things connected therewith shall be constructed made and supplied and be thereafter maintained and kept in repair at the joint expense of the several owners of the said close or parcel of ground in equal proportions and shall be for the common use of all such owners their tenants servants visitors and workmen"
Thank you Matthew Capstick for digging this up. I'm going to have to have another look at my copy to see what else this document has to say about the management and upkeep of the open plan gardens ..