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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 ..


Sowerby, North Yorkshire

Sowerby is a suburb of Thirsk and is positioned in the northern half of North Yorkshire on the flood plains of Cod Beck. It sits on the A19 trunk road at the junction with the A61 to the west and Ripon. Northallerton lies 10 miles to the north along the A168 and York is 25 miles to the south east along the A19. Thirsk has a station on the main east coast railway line.

A Conservation Area is defined as an 'area of special architectural or historic interest the character and appearance of which it is desirable to preserve and enhance'. The purpose of a Conservation Area is to protect wider landscapes of quality and the local distinctiveness of areas valued for their visual characteristics and historic associations