Keighley Tarn campaigners are split over footpath idea

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Dorothy Tennant at Redcar Tarn, Keighley Dorothy Tennant at Redcar Tarn, Keighley

Keighley Tarn campaigners have clashed over plans to build a footpath to the hilltop beauty spot.

Some people believe a new pavement on Black Hill Lane is essential to keep families safe while walking to the site.

But most of the lake’s Friends group feel a pavement would be too costly and could threaten the tarn’s rural situation.

They believe it is more important to work on measures to protect its wildlife, including the many waterbirds that visit it.

The Friends of Keighley (Redcar) Tarn was formed recently by town and district councillors along with several people who live nearby.

The move grew out of a campaign by Keighley man Harry Plunkett to create a safer route to the tarn from busy West Lane.

The latest Friends meeting, in Keighley’s Central Hall, attracted more than 20 people.

Friends spokesman Dorothy Tennant said: “The main thing that came out of the meeting is that nobody wants a footpath. It was more or less unanimous.

“People felt that a path would bring the tarn into town. They believe it’s countryside and they want it kept apart.”

Mrs Tennant said Bradford Council had costed the footpath at £60,000 and several trees would have to be removed.

She added: “There’s a difficulty with the terrain. They’re talking about putting in a path about two feet wide, just enough for a pushchair but not a wheelchair.”

Mr Plunkett, who was not at the latest meeting, said: “There are quite a lot of people who still want a pavement. There are a lot of families walking up there and taking a big risk.”

District councillor Jan Smithies, who helped set up the Friends, insisted no formal vote had been taken at the meeting and that the pavement plan was still active.

She said local people were being sought to work on various improvements, including wildlife protection and road safety.

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10:24am Fri 20 Dec 13

GAMEKEEPER1809 says...

A footpath leading up top the tarn is not financially viable. It is a rural landmark and should be kept as such. It is a long slog on foot up to the tarn, totally unsuitable for wheelchair users. There is adequate parking for disabled visitors to the site.

Money and physical resources should be put to use in clearing litter and some of the number of introduced bird species on the tarn. With minimal financial outlay, the tarn could be brought back to its former glory.
A footpath leading up top the tarn is not financially viable. It is a rural landmark and should be kept as such. It is a long slog on foot up to the tarn, totally unsuitable for wheelchair users. There is adequate parking for disabled visitors to the site. Money and physical resources should be put to use in clearing litter and some of the number of introduced bird species on the tarn. With minimal financial outlay, the tarn could be brought back to its former glory. GAMEKEEPER1809

7:31pm Sat 21 Dec 13

steve10 says...

Put up some good lighting so the police can see just what goes on up there after dark.
Mind you it is like Keighley Gate I suppose Out of sight Out of mind
Put up some good lighting so the police can see just what goes on up there after dark. Mind you it is like Keighley Gate I suppose Out of sight Out of mind steve10

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