Villagers' anger over impassable 'jungle' footpath through Baildon (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Villagers' anger over impassable 'jungle' footpath through Baildon
A valuable footpath has become an impassable jungle of brambles and nettles despite pleas for Council help, say Baildon residents.
The 600-yard path, which rises from Collier Lane to Hope Lane, should provide a quick link for walkers heading to and from the town centre.
But by the start of the summer it was already too overgrown to use, said Sue Jackson, who had to abandon walking her dogs Sammie and Heber along the route.
“It really is like a jungle. I rang the Council in June and was told something would be done within ten days, but nothing happened,” said Mrs Jackson.
“This is a really useful footpath about a quarter of a mile long which joins up Hope Lane with a direct walk into the town.
“We’re always being told to walk more and be fitter, and this rather makes a mockery of what the Council and everyone is telling people to do,” said Mrs Jackson, who runs a light haulage business with husband David.
“My dogs, particularly Heber, really liked the path, and now it’s too difficult for them, nevermind humans,” said Mrs Jackson, who rescued cross-breed Heber from Corfu.
“He was a puppy who’d been thrown into a river to drown, so he’s a very lucky dog,” said Mrs Jackson.
And in her bid to clear the 4ft undergrowth which blocks Heber’s favourite walk, she called Bradford Council Highways department again last week.
“Someone sent me an e-mail saying the matter was being ‘looked into’ – but there’s been no action so far,” said Mrs Jackson, of Cornwall Crescent.
Baildon ward councillor Debbie Davies joined Mrs Jackson in attempting to get up the path, which runs between back gardens.
“It’s completely impassable and I’m very disappointed no action has been taken,” said Coun Davies.
“I feel if it was in central Bradford, something would have been done by now about such a useful path,” she said.
Ian Bairstow, Bradford Council’s strategic director for environment and sport, said: “We are aware of the issue with this footpath and apologise for the length of time it has taken.
We have now have made arrangements for the brambles to be cut back.”
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