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Campaign to reopen Keighley footpath
Action is being demanded to open up an historic Keighley footpath that has been blocked for years.
Campaigner Loraine Petyt claims the Becks Road route was illegally blockaded.
And she has accused Bradford Council’s rights of way department of doing nothing to resolve the issue.
Miss Petyt, a driving instructor and keen historian, has formally complained to the local authority about the lack of action.
And she has pledged to take the issue to the Ombudsman, if necessary.
“This is an old route linking Oakworth Road with the Fell Lane area and was very well used,” said Miss Petyt, of Devonshire Street West.
“A lot of dumping has taken place at the top, and gates have been put up so you can’t get through.”
She said countless “excuses” had been put forward for keeping the route closed, including possible dangers posed by a derelict chimney.
“The chimney is closer to houses than it is to the path, so surely those residents are in more danger?” added Miss Petyt.
“The council just seems to be going along with whatever is done there and is unprepared to do anything about it. I’m now at my wits’ end over this.
“Most people seem to have accepted they’ve lost it, but we mustn’t give up fighting. We are being deprived of the right to use what is, after all, a public right of way.”
Keighley town councillor, Peter Cork-indale, has also raised the issue with Bradford Council. “I lobbied on behalf of residents and asked the council to look into it,” he said. “The path should be open.”
Julian Jackson, Bradford Council’s assistant director for planning, transportation and highways, said the authority was aware the path had been blocked for some time.
He added: “To get it open again, the buildings and structures adjacent to the path had to be made safe, and this has now been done. Following this, we asked the landowner to remove the blockage.
“To date, the landowner has not responded, so further action to open the path is currently being considered by the council.”
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