Thwaites Brow footpath reopened following clear-up

Thwaites Brow footpath reopened following clear-up

Keighley mayor Councillor Graham Mitchell opens the footpath at High Spring Road, Thwaites Brow (8393482)

Keighley mayor Councillor Graham Mitchell opens the footpath at High Spring Road, Thwaites Brow (8393478)

Keighley mayor Councillor Graham Mitchell opens the footpath at High Spring Road, Thwaites Brow (8393480)

Keighley mayor Councillor Graham Mitchell opens the footpath at High Spring Road, Thwaites Brow (8393488)

First published in News

KEIGHLEY town mayor Graham Mitchell put his best foot forward as he reopened a footpath in Thwaites Brow.

He performed the official ceremony last Saturday following the long-awaited refurbishment of the historic path linking two roads.

Residents can now walk between High Spring Road and Bank Top Way without having to force their way through overgrown vegetation and rubbish.

A High Spring Residents Association has been formed to take on responsibility for maintaining the footpath in future.

Former Keighley mayor Mick Westerman, who spearheaded the four-year project, this week praised the many organisations and businesses who provided free support and materials.

He said: “I didn’t know it would happen like this. I just thought we’d level it off and stop it looking a mess.”

Coun Weseterman, who lives in nearby Long Lee, said the path, dated back to the 1600s and used to go from Moss Carr Road, at the top of Thwaites Brow, into Keighley.

He said: “It might be a Roman road and this is the only bit left. It wasn’t on Bradford Council’s definitive footpaths map so it hasn’t been maintained.”

The project began in 2010 when Coun Westerman, then the Deputy Mayor of Keighley Town Council, was alerted to the problem by local residents.

He asked for help from Community Payback, which oversees people carrying out community service as part of court-imposed punishments, and they cleared around 200 bags-worth of Japanese knotweed.

Coun Westerman said: “Without Community Payback the work couldn’t have been done. They came back in January and February this year.”

The Community Payback team dug out vegetation on both sides of the path and Bradford Council provided ‘planing’ – old road surfacing – to go on top.

Plastic sheeting was also laid to provide a membrane which will stop knotweed and other vegetation pushing out of the ground.

Coun Westerman said several construction companies in Keighley and further afield had provided building materials like soil, timber and stones.

He said: “I’m grateful to them all because we couldn’t have done the work without them. Everything has been done for free”

“The neighbours have been fantastic – bringing flowers for the garden on either side of the footpath.

Keighley College tutors built a wall, and Keighley Town Council has provided £250 for a new tree.

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10:11am Sat 26 Jul 14

misterman says...

Good news to hear of footpaths been maintained,and kept open.Now perhaps the powers that be.Could turn there attention,to illegaly blocked public footpaths.Raglan street to town via Becks Road,for example,been blocked for around 7 years.Opened up last week,thanks to some local councillors and others.Illegally blocked again a few days later.
Good news to hear of footpaths been maintained,and kept open.Now perhaps the powers that be.Could turn there attention,to illegaly blocked public footpaths.Raglan street to town via Becks Road,for example,been blocked for around 7 years.Opened up last week,thanks to some local councillors and others.Illegally blocked again a few days later. misterman
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11:48am Sat 26 Jul 14

Mik_e says...

Is '200 bags worth' the same as 200 bags full?
Do KN reporters have no English Grammar qualifications?
Is '200 bags worth' the same as 200 bags full? Do KN reporters have no English Grammar qualifications? Mik_e
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9:44pm Sun 27 Jul 14

Kighley Synic says...

misterman wrote:
Good news to hear of footpaths been maintained,and kept open.Now perhaps the powers that be.Could turn there attention,to illegaly blocked public footpaths.Raglan street to town via Becks Road,for example,been blocked for around 7 years.Opened up last week,thanks to some local councillors and others.Illegally blocked again a few days later.
Fully agree, I've emailed Bradford Council to complain and next week I'll be sending an email to Keighley News, Keighley Town Council and whichever Councillor has that ward...which I need to find out.
[quote][p][bold]misterman[/bold] wrote: Good news to hear of footpaths been maintained,and kept open.Now perhaps the powers that be.Could turn there attention,to illegaly blocked public footpaths.Raglan street to town via Becks Road,for example,been blocked for around 7 years.Opened up last week,thanks to some local councillors and others.Illegally blocked again a few days later.[/p][/quote]Fully agree, I've emailed Bradford Council to complain and next week I'll be sending an email to Keighley News, Keighley Town Council and whichever Councillor has that ward...which I need to find out. Kighley Synic
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